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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, November 13, 2014 g wax.. by Ann Young Gregory Expectations University of Kentucky, she's a rabid fan of UK sports. Reprinted from November 10, 2011 She and her Dad go to all the UK home football games, and every time shd~ leaves town and heads toward Have you ever thought about how important your Lexington, she fully expects her beloved Wildcats to expectations are? Your expectations concerning out- win their upcoming game, whether their opponent is comes of situations in your life, expectations of rela- Podunk State or LSU. (And UK does play LSU, but tionships with family members and friends, expecta- hasn't beat them for several years! Even so, she never tions for your work, your employer, your retirement, gives up, and is sure that the Cats will win the next one.) your Health insurance, the crocus bulbs you'll plant this Along that same line--and you'll understand this if fall--all of these and a thousand more determine much you follow college athletics--Kentucky, while its foot- of the way we look at our lives. Our however, if we ball team often falls on hard times so far as the won-loss have few expectations that anything will work out, column is concerned, the school shines when it comes everything, I would think, looks bleak. On the other to basketball. UK is, in fact, chosen in most pre-season hand, have you considered the expectations that others polls as the second best team in the country for the com- might hold for you? Do you know what they are? Can ing season. That's with also-perennial-power North you live up to them, or are you likely to disappoint? It's Carolina as number one, although any Wildcat fan will one thing to consider the expectations I have of others, be quick to tell you that Kentucky's overall record but quite another to think about what theirs might be for shows more wins than the Tar Heels. UNC is actually me! third in the overall wins list (as of January 3i, 2011) Expectations, in addition to affecting how we think with 2,019. Kansas squeezed by to second (as of that about ourselves and others, can also impact the results elate) with 2,023, and Kentucky was first with 2,039. of relationships/projects/plans/employment/and so on But getting back to the point at hand--expectations, I and on and on. I remember a story I was told many must mention as a perfect example that fans of the years ago. I was told that the story was true, and I had University of Kentucky's basketball program have one no reason to doubt it. If you put great faith in expecta- daily, constant, ever,positive, perpetual, overriding and tions, it's easy to believe this story. The subject came up unrelenting expectation and that is that their beloved early in my years on the school board, and arose in a Cats will win the NCAA Tournament. The fact that discussion of teachers and the importance to them of the that's happened only seen times in the history of the high expectations held for them by both administrators tournament isn't relevant. (By the' way, those seven and parents, and by them for their students--and even years were 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996 and their colleagues. 1998--and I didn't have to look that up. Like any good This was said to have happened in a California UK Cat follower, I just know those numbers!) The school. Two teachers were new to the school, and were seven-only fact isn't relevant because the expectation asking about the classes they. would have. One teacher never wavered. And, to be sure, the team has made it to was told that the children in the class she would teach the tournament more times than anybody, or at least as had a variety of learning disabilities, and that she should many as anybody else, and has won a lot of NCAA not expect too much from them. She was advised to games, gaining access to the Final Four 14 times, I take it easy and to go slow in an effort to provide infor- think. And then UK has brought home the SEC touma- marion in the best way she could for them to be able to ment title 27 times, comforting for some of the years absorb it. The other teacher, however, learned that hers that NCAA hopes didn't work out. was a class of high achievers, and that she'd have to be But I've digressed for too long, and my UT, UNC on her toes every minute of every class in order to keep and Duke friends, as well as others, I'm afraid, have up with them. The truth was that the first group was already left and gone to see what ESPN has to say about made up of the high achieving students, while members everything. of the second class had a variety of disabilities--they This is, after all, about expectations. We have expec- wanted to learn, but had big problems, tations of our children (oh, what expectations we have So the teachers went to work, approaching their of them!) and of our spouses and our friends and our charges as they had been advised. And low and behold, neighbors and most of the time, of ourselves. The the brighter-than-average students in the first class per- expectations we have for ourselves should be the ones formed just as the teacher expected them to, while the for which we've considered and planned and eventual- slow learners sparkled and, indeed, kept their teacher on ly executed more perfectly than any of the others, since her toes. Each group somehow responded to the expec- we are able to control.most of the conditions that effect tations of the teacher who was in charge, and they react- the outcome! That doesn't always mean we'll meet our ed accordingly. I hope that IS a true story! expectations for ourselves, but trying's not a bad thing! There are other ways to express high expectations. Expectations. We have them for everybody and My daughter is a master of this. A graduate of the everything. Maybe patience would be good to add! Igow does it feel to float bad'behavior," he says. A p p a 1 a c h i a Serve), Virginia Tech down the Clinch River? "These students ought to be (http://www.saveour- (http://www.vt.edu) takesa Can pumpkins and proud of where they're towns.outreach.vt.edu/vt- hands-on, engaging Christmas trees punch upfrom and not have to take connections/); approach to education, the economies of two such treatment." Find resources preparing scholars to be counties in Southwest Save Our Towns is (http://www.saveour- leaders in their fields and V'trginia? Virginia Tech's monthly towns.outreach.vt.edu/reso communities. As the corn- Learn that and more in Intemet video series that is urces-2/) such as case stud- monwealth's most compre- Episode Four of Save Ourdistributed to mayors and ies and funding opportuni- hensive university and its Towns, Virginia Tech's town managers in 80 ties; leading research institu- monthly Intemet video Virginia towns and inde- Contact experts inter- tion, Virginia Tech offers series, pendent cities in 25 court- viewed in the series and225 undergraduate and Episode Four also fen- ties. Episode Four is posted read their full transcripts graduate degree programs tures Jeff Mann of the at Save Our Towns (http://www.saveour- to more than 31,000 stu- College of Liberal Arts and (ht tp://w w w. s av e o u r- towns.outreach.vt.edu/con- dents and manages a Human Sciences describ- towns.outreach.vt.edu/) or nect-with-experts/), research portfolio of $496 ing his reaction when com- can be viewed in this In Episode Five, due to million. The university ful- ments were made that YouTube video: be released in December,fills its land-grant mission mocked the dress and http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/ viewers will learn about of transforming knowledge Appalachian accents of articles/2014/11/110614-entrepreneurs in the townto practice through techno-! Virginia Tech students outreach-townsfour.html of Marion, Virginia, whological leadership and by from the region. Save Our Towns is" are treated to a boot-camp fueling economic growth "I wanted those students designed to help communi- type back-to-basics train- and job creation locally, to feel supported, and so I ty leaders: ing program, regionally,and across made it very clear that I Learn about VirginiaDedicated to its motto, Virginia. thought that that was very Tech projects in Ut Prosim (That I May Poet and essayist Christian Wiman to speak at King University November 17 On Nov. 17, King University and the Buechner Institute w'dl welcome poet Christian Wiman as a speaker in the 2014-15 Buechner Institute Lecture Series, "'What's Next?" Wiman will address the topic "'Hammer is the Prayer: Radical Doubt, Realistic Faith" in King University's Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m., in Bristol, Tenn. Later that same evening, at 7 p.m. at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education in Kingsport, Tenn., Wiman. will give a lecture and reading following an interview on- stage by Jane Zwart of Calvin College. The event is co- sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier. Zwart, an assistant'professor of English at Calvin College and member of the Buechner Institute Board, said of Wiman, "Christian Wiman strings words together with stunning precision in his recent memoir, "My Bright Abyss," and in his poems. Indeed, language is the plumb line he dangles among the branches of his family tree, along shelves of great books, and through the grave's trap door to eternity." Poet, translator, editor, and essayist Christian Wiman grew up in West Texas and earned a Bachelor of Arts at Washington and Lee University. He received an honorary doctorate from North Central College. Christian Wiman is senior lecturer in Religion and Literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. From 2003-2013, he served as editor of Poetry magazine. He is a recipient of both the Ruth Lilly and Wallace Stegner Fellowships and has produced several published books of poetry, two collections of essays, and a bestselling mem- oir, "My Bright Abyss," which explores faith and life dur- ing a time of intense crisis. Wiman's poetry delves into themes of spiritual faith and doubt. Praising Wiman's "'ear for silence" in a review of ',Every Riven Thing," observed John Pooh, American poet and critic. "Repeatedly in this collection, in his care- ful way, he presses his ear against the hive of belief. It takes a renewed child-like faith, and Wiman achieves it through memory and imagination and, one gets the feel- ing, grace." In The New Yorker, poet and critic Dan Chiasson chose Wiman's "Every Riven Thing" as one of the 11 best poetry collections of 2010. "Every Riven Thing" also won the Commonwealth Prize from the English Speaking Union and was a finalist for the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award. Wiman's other works include "The Long Home," which received the Nicholas Roerich Prize, "Hard Night," and "Stolen Air." In a September 2014 review of Wiman's new book "Once in the West," by Dwight Gamer in The New York Times, he commented, ";Religious yearning suffuses many of the author's lines, but the atmosphere is never cloistered or satisfied. "Once in the West" is Mr. Wiman's fourth book of poems, and his best." A former Guggenheim fellow, Wiman has taught at Stanford University, Northwestern University, Lynchburg College, and Yale Divinity School. He lives in New Haven, Conn. Christian Wiman will address "Hammer is the Prayer: Radical Doubt, Realistic Faith" at King University's Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m. in Bristol, Tenn. That same evening, Wiman will be interviewed at 7 p.m. by Jane Zwart followed by a talk/reading at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education in Kingsport, Tenn. Both events are free and Open to the public. For more information, contact Shannon Harris at 423.747.3524 or visit www.buechner- institute.org. House fire on River Rd. iiiiii!iii~i~iii~iii~i~i~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiii~i!i!i~iiii~iiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiii~iiiiiiiii:iiiiiiiiiii! I by Jess Powers The owner (Mr. Sam At 7:32 a.m., TuesdaySteffey), was working on morning, November 4, the plumbing in the base- emergency responders (St. ment and suspects that the Paul Police Department, cause of the fire was a sol- Castlewood Fire and dering tool left on when he Rescue, Copper Creek left to buy some more sot- Moccasin Volunteer Fire dier from a local 'hardware Department, St. Paul store. The structure sus- Volunteer Fire Department, tained major damage as Dante Volunteer Fire shown in the picture. No Department, Dante Rescueinjuries were reported. Squad, Russell County Emergency Management SheriffDeputies, and the American Red Emergency Management, Cross Mountain Empire Old Dominion Power Chapter assisted Mr. Company, and the Steffey with emergency American Red Cross) were shelter, food, shoes, and dispatched to the third clothing. Additional assis- structure fire (I. Holding tanCe may be needed to Funeral Home, and 2. help Mr. Steffey repair Abandoned House in damage to the home Honaker) of the new sea- caused by the fire so he can son at 253 River Road in reoccupy his home. Castlewood. The Wise County Civil Process Served: Sheriff's Office reports the 421 Civil Papers following activities for the Traffic Accidents: 6 period of 10/27/2014 12 Additional Criminal through 11/02/2014. Investigations were initiat- Wise Central Dispatch ed and 15 Cleared by received a total of 1,619 Arrest. calls for this seven-daySheriff's Office provid- period, ed 229 man-hours of Court Of the total calls Room Security. received 403 were dis- Unlocked Vehicles: 22 patched to the Sheriff'sEscorted Funerals: 14 Office The Sheriff'S Office Total number of Transported: Domestic calls for this 0Adult In State period was 1. 2 Adults Out of State Criminal Process for 3 Mental Patients this period: Served 71 1 Juvenile Felony Warrants, 29 Total Transports: 6 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 Total Transport Hours: DUI Arrests. 41.75 Virginia Health Information releases annual licensure survey data health data organization collecting and making available a wide variety of health information to assist businesses, consumers, health care providers and others in making better health care decisions and to improve the quality of care. Visit www.vhi.org for more information. 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