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Vol. LIX, No. 46 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 r W " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' "' Thursday, November 16, 2017 Saint Paul, Virginia V irg i. n i a PRESS 50 cents by Jerry CouCh Sergeant Shannon Dishman of the St. Paul Police Department recently completed an 80-hour D.A.R.E. America (also referred to as DARE) train- ing class in Suffolk, VA. For those of you who don't know, D.A.R.E. stands for "'Drug Abuse Resistance Education." When the pro- gram was founded in 1983, drug abuse was its primary focus. Over the years, the program's scope has broad- ened to include "drugs, violence, bullying, intemet safety, and other high risk circumstances that today are too often a part of stu- dents' lives." With cooperation and support from Principal Karen Dickenson, Sgt. Dishman will conduct DARE classes for grades 4 through 8 at St. Paul Elementary School. The program will officially begin after students return from their Christmas holi- day break in January. Each m.o S wTS oms o, mmG SAFIE & HEALTHY LWING DARE class will last approximately 45 to 60 minutes. The classes are SOL-compliant and will be held once each week for a total of 10 weeks. Textbooks and educational materials will be furnished by DARE. As a parent, Sgt. Dishman's commitment to the DARE program is per- sonal as well as profession- al. He is excited about the program and eager to begin. One of his goals is to make the program avail- able to the extended com- munity. If you are interest- ed in having him speak to your church group, civic or professional organization, scouts, little league, please contact him at the St. Paul Police Department or the St. Paul Town Hall. This is a big job and every helping hand is needed. At the time of his appointment as St. Paul's Chief of Police, Jonathan Johnson stated that one of his primary goals was to re- introduce the DARE pro- gram in the St. Paul com- munity. Chief Johnson believes that to battle the growing problem presented by drugs, we must enforce state law while focusing on prevention and treatment versus incarceration. By teaching students about the risks and consequences of substance abuse, and by teaching coping skills such as how to resist peer pres- sure, more of our young people will be able to achieve their potential and live productive lives. This is something we ALL want. Chief Johnson extends his thanks to Mayor Fletcher and the St. Paul Town Council for their support of the DARE pro- gram. He also extends his thanks to Sgt. Dishman for the initiative he has shown in accepting this challeng- ing project. Note: To learn more about DARE, visit 9 @ Sergeant Shannon Dishman and Chief Jonathan Johnson Garbage schedule for the week of Nov. 20-24 The Town of St. Paul has announced the garbage schedule changes for Thanksgiving week. Monday's Garbage run will remain the same. Wednesday's Garbage run will be picked up on Tuesday Thursday's Garbage run will be picked up on Wednesday Friday's Garbage run will remain the same. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7~ ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- ,VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st 0 [ll[ll[I]lJjll[!!l!!l!lll Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed. GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. County Mental Health D I C K E N S O N - Center conducts a B U N D Y- T h e recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 and ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social Mondays, 7 pm, First Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. LITTLE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library League Field. All inter- on first Tuesdays at ested persons are invit- 5:30 pm. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes vides emergency shel- new members. If you ter for victims of served overseas during domestic violence in any war, write VFW Wise, Russell,Post 9864, P.O. Box Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, and the City of Norton. address and phone Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- training available. Call comed. 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise ZENS-The Castle-County Health wood Senior Citizens Department, Wise, is meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will be Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- invited, ning, pediatrics, school The Dante Senior and adult physicals, Citizens meet each WIC, Paps and immu- Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s . 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- Department. Russell essary for all but immu- County residents 60 or nizations. For an older are invited, appointment, call 762- RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E S Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Mon 10am-2pm; Tue & Center is available for Thur 10am-8pm; Wed reunions, birthdays and & Fri. 10am-5:30pm; showers. Sat 10-3pm. All proceeds reha- M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior Church and church-related activities Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656- 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276- 889-8206. FREE ADULT ED- Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job- related skills including resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Gro!ap meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 calendar on page 3 by Jerry Couch On" Novenber 1 st Carole Blevins and I had the pleasure of ~isiting stu- dents of the Eastside Visual Arts program at Eastside High School. Carole, a professional artist based in Abingdon, VA, became interested in the students' work after seeing it on dis- play at the St. Paul Railroad Museum this past summer. Our visit coincided with the students' most recent project - batik. Though I had heard of batik, I had no idea what it was until I saw the students doing it. We're never too old to learn and now I know that it is an ancient form of tex- tile art with origins in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Nigeria. Thus, a lesson in art also became a lesson in history. The first step in creating batik is to stretch a piece of cloth over a frame and secure it. A design is then created by applying melted wax with a Tjanting, which is a spouted tool designed specifically for this pur- pose. However, if you don't have a canting, a handy paintbrush can be used instead. After the wax is applied, the fabric is removed from its frame and colored with dyes. Dyeing is accom- plished either by immers- ing the fabric or applying color to certain areas with a paintbrush. Parts of the fabric that are covered with wax will resist dye and not take on color. The wax is removed by ironing it out of the fabric and the process is repeated until the color and design comk plete the artists' vision. The results can range from very simple and understat- ed to very complex - but they are always unique. The Eastside students chose to create their own designs instead of emulat- ing traditional examples of batik. The results were remarkable. Though I can't reproduce the stu- dents' work in color on these pages, they can be viewed on the Facebook page of Eastside Visual Arts. After examining the work of each student, Carole talked about the effort required to become a " professional artist. She brought several of her watercolor paintings for everyone to see and dis- cuss. Questions were asked and answered and the students showed partic- ular interest in Carole's trips abroad to visit muse- ums and "paint from life." A recurring theme of the' discussion was the importance of believing in yourself and your ability. Carole encouraged the students to stay focused and not become discouraged or give up. She also emphasized the impor- tance of cre- ating works from your imagination. The morning passed much too quickly. That all- too-familiar bell rang and it was time for us to leave. But I think we made some new friends and definitely saw some new things. I hope the students had as much fun as we did. In next week's edition of the CVT, I'll show you some additional examples of what students at Eastside are creating. Thank you, Katie Jessee, for inviting us! If you'd be interested in volunteering to speak with students at our local schools, contact the princi- pal. Our teachers are always interested in bring- ing examples of real-world experience into their class- rooms. Artist Carole Blevins Collage Display of Eastside students batik art Eastside Visual Arts Class, 2nd period