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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, November 16, 2017 Of shoes..and sealing wax.. by Ann Young Gregory Almost upon us... Reprinted from November 13, 2008 What I have to share today is very unlike me, but, since it's something I regard as being quite virtuous, I must tell you about it so you can know that I, at least for once, have done some far-ahead thinking! As November dawned--come to think of it, this was the case at the beginning of October, not only had I done some Christmas shopping--a bit of it in July, actu- ally, but also I had wrapped most of what I had already acquired. Since then, I have picked up several more items, have a few which require some finishing touch- es, and just today, I've placed an order for several gifts which will be shipped to me. Back in June, I had an inspiration about Christmas cards, ordered them, and already have them addressed. They await only the addition of a Christmas letter (to our out-of-town friends) before they can be mailed early in December. This kind of early preparation is not like me at all! So far, I haven't done a bit of Christmas shopping on the Internet, although I expect that I will before the sea- son's over. I've tried to buy locally when I could---even bought a couple of things from vendors at June's Clinch River Festival! Other purchases have been made in the area, and a few more on a weekend trip we took in the middle of summer. While all of this sounds as though I have my holiday shopping well in hand, I know that I've hardly begun, because I have absolutely nothing to date for anybody [n my family! I have no ideas, don't know what they want and they're all normally very reluctant to provide hints. As far as shopping on the Internet is concerned, some of my friends are still reluctant to take that jump into cyberspace, although I, certainly no technology freak, have been using this fascinating new purchasing tool for several Christmases now. Of course, as a gen- eral rule, I buy only from companies with which I'm familiar, although I've veered from that policy a time or two, and am fortunate in that it's worked out just fine. Just for fun, and to see if others ever go on and on (as I'm sure you sometimes feel I do) about Christmas shopping, I Googled the phrase "Christmas shopping." Would you believe that with the full search, I found no fewer than 100 pages, each with a number of listings which totaled, Google said, 867. The websites I found included all manner of subjects. Wikipedia, one of my favorite websites, had a "Black Friday" segment--no, not about the 1929 stock market crash, but about the tradition which has devel- oped about going out to Christmas shop the day after Thanksgiving, which is, of course, always on Friday. The "Black" part of the phrase originated, according to this interesting review of the phenomenon, in Philadelphia and referred to the very heavy traffic on that day (and the toll it evidently took on the store clerks.) The phrase later on became defined as the day that retail merchants began marking the year's business "in the black" rather than "in the red?' I've Christmas shopped on this day only once. Among the other websites, and I certainly won't wear you out with all 867 of them, I found such refer- ences as "Christmas Shopping and Wrapping for You," "Are You Done With Your Christmas Shopping?", "Christmas Shopping Tips That Will Keep You Sane," "All Things Christmas: For Those Who Share the Spirit of Christmas Shopping," and the commercial sites you'd expect, such as "Walmart Cuts Toy Prices to Boost Early Christmas Shopping," and "Amazon.corn: Go Christmas Shopping." The Amazon reference sug- gests to me that I should put in a good word--if you enjoy buying books or CDs or any other kind of media or related equipment, Amazon.corn is a wonderful place to shop. Back three or four months ago, I placed an advance order for a CD which was to be issued this week--by ordering early, I got a special discount plus free shopping. I had an e-mail on Monday telling me that my order has been shipped, and I'm certain that when it gets here, it'll be in perfect shape. I visited one of the websites--"Keep Your Christmas Shopping Simple"--that I found on my Google search. Some very good ideas were included, including ways to avoid crowds and find what you're looking for (to do these, shop online). Another idea, and one I learned about long ago, is to buy in bulk. That's not to say that you should buy things by the gross, but if you find something that pleases you, buy several--there's no rule that says you must buy something different for each person on your list. A good idea for your collector friends is to buy something for their collection (unless, of course, they collect things like antique cars--try to stick to collectors of things like ceramic elephants or "papier mache jewelry.) Personalized note paper or formal stationery, notepads or envelopes, can be designed and printed by the computer literate, and make lovely presents, partic- ularly if the person has a name that is unusual and can't be found on commercially produced personalized sta- tionery. Another great suggestion is one I told you several years ago that I asked my family to give me, on the premise that after a certain number of years on earth, one has acquired 'most all of the stuff that one needs! That present is a gift card to a favorite restaurant or, as the website put it, give good friends "an.evening out." There are all kinds of wonderful twists to this idea, such as tickets to a sporting event or a gift card to a favorite store. Even better than that, try a one-of-a-kind gift cer- tificate, that is, one which you make yourself for some- thing you'd like to give to or share with your friend(s). This could include an invitation to join you for lunch at a really good restaurant, a day doing something special like skiing or ice skating, a series of lessons to the recip- ient can learn to knit or play the piano or use watercol- ors, to name a few. And by the way, don't make the mistake of thinking it's all too soon to be talking about Christmas. If you'll check the front page of this week's issue, you'll find details about the very first St. Paul Christmas Bazaar, sponsored jointly by the Town of St. Paul and St. Paul Tomorrow. It's not as though it's something being planned for months away--Wll occur a week from Saturday, the-same day that the Santa Train comes to town. If you haven't begun your shopping yet, that would be a good time to start, because the days and weeks are flying past, and it'll be December 25 before we know it! Wise County pumped generation storage facility The following letter by Mark D. Mitchell was received last week by the Clinch Valley Times. Mitchell is Vice President of Generation Construction for Dominion Energy Virginia. His letter pro- vides general information concerning the proposed pumped generation storage facilities under considera- tion for Wise and Tazewell counties. The letter presents Dominion's view of the project. It is printed here for your information; not as an endorsement or a rebuttal by the Clinch Valley Times. Doubtless there are other opinions, and we will print responses by those who wish to sup- ply additional factual infor- mation on this topic. Enthusiasm is said to be contagious, and a warm smile the universal lan- guage of kindness. This fall, Southwest Virginians greeted Dominion Energy Virginia employees in this gracious spirit at open house events held in Wise and Tazewell counties. We are currently considering sites in both areas for a pro- posed pumped hydroelec- tric storage power station, and we were happy to have this opportunity to share the project's details with local residents. Since Dominion Energy began planning our Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) in Wise County more than a decade ago, I have always been grateful for the relationships we have formed and the hospitality extended to us throughout the coalfield region. Pumped-storage tech- nology is not new for Dominion Energy. Our "Bath County facility has been operating since 1985, producing more energy at full capacity than the Hoover Dam. While the new power station would likely be smaller, an under- taking of this scale clearly has many potential impli- cations for the region. We are evaluating all of these carefully before moving forward. What remains clear is the enthusiasm demonstrat- ed by the people of the coalfields for the positive economic impact the proj- ect could have. To understand these possible benefits, we need look no further than our Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) in Wise County. It is one of the cleanest coal-fired power stations in the United States. Since it opened in 2012, VCHEC has employed 118 full-time workers. The facility part- ners with 45 local suppli- ers, and provides about $31 million in combined annual economic impact and tax revenue for the region. It is also a good envi- ronmental story. VCHEC was recently recognized for its critical role in removing a 1.5-million ton waste-coal pile on Hurricane Fork in Russell County, helping to improve water quality in the Clinch River. We are proud of the opportunities the VCHEC project has brought to Southwest Virginia. It stands as a shining exam- ple of our commitment to helping the region's econo- my grow. And we believe the pro- posed pumped storage facility would be another chapter in that continuing commitment. The potential benefits were clearly demonstrated recently in a study con- ducted by the respected Richmond consulting firm, Chmura Economics & Analytics. Commissioned by Dominion Energy, the Chmura study evaluated the project's economic impact for Southwest Virginia. The results were very encouraging. The study forecast that development and construc- tion of a $2 billion pumped storage facility would bring about $320 million in total economic benefits to Southwest Virginia between 2017 and 2027. The Chmura report also found that more than 2,000 jobs would be created in the coalfields during this ten-year development and construction phase. Many of these construction jobs would last for several years as the facility is being built, bringing much-needed opportunity to the region. The study also provides a promising outlook for new tax revenue. Once in operation, the power sta- tion would produce about $12 million annually in property taxes for local governments in the coal- fields. Recognizing the regional impact this rev- enue could bring, these localities have all passed resolutions agreeing to share the benefits. Finally, the Chmura report found an additional $37 million in new annual Mark D. Mitchell economic activity would be generated locally by the station after completion. Although the pumped hydroelectric storage proj- ect is still in a preliminary stage, we are very excited about the potential eco- nomic benefits it could bring to Southwest Virginia. As we consider moving forward with the project, please know that we share your enthusiasm for helping shape the future of this region. Mark D. Mitchell Vice President - Generation Construction Dominion Energy Virginia Mark D. Mitchell is Vice President - Generation Construction at Dominion Energy Virginia. He is responsible for the engi- neering and construction of large power station cap- ital projects for the compa- ny and its affiliates. In a previous position with Dominion Energy, Mark and his team worked close- ly with the people of Southwest Virginia to develop and construct the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC), in Wise County, Va. Operational since 2012, VCHEC is a state-of the- art biomass and coal-fired power station which pro- duces enough energy to power 150,000 homes and businesses. The October Reading for Rewards winner at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library is Landon Rose. Landon received a $25 gift card for Food City provided by the Friends of the Library. He is now eligible to win an Ereader provided by the Friends of the Library. The drawing will be held in December. The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 10/30/2017 through 11/05/2017. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,834 calls for this seven-day period. Of the total calls received 333 were dis- patched to the Sheriff's Office Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 9. Criminal Process for this period: Served 28 Felony Warrants, 30 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest. Civil Process Served: 422 Civil Papers Traffic Accidents: 5 9 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiat- ed and 19 Cleared by Arrest. Sheriff's Office provid- ed 256 man-hours of Court Room Security. Unlocked Vehicles: 20 Escorted Funerals: 4 The Sheriff's Office Total Transport for this period: 11 Total Transport Hours: 59.75 2,271 Visitors to Courthouse. KU's online ESL Teaching Endorsement Program King University has announced the launch of a new English as a Second Language (ESL) Teaching Endorsement Program, designed to help Tennessee educators meet the needs of an expanding and diverse K- 12 student popu- lation. "Demographics are changing at the local, state, and national levels, and schools are finding them- selves challenged by an influx of students who are not proficient in English," said Donna Watson, Ph.D., dean of King's School of Education. "We're excited to be able to offer this pro- gram and hope that it will help to prepare teachers throughout the state." The online program, scheduled to begin in January 2018, takes place over the span of two semesters and further equips licensed, Tennessee-based K- 12 instructors to teach the Good Morning Wise County The Wise County Sheriff's Office offers a free service to all seniors of Wise County and of Norton The Good Morning Wise County program pro- vides a volunteer to call and check on the welfare of all participants, to deter- mine if they have food, heat in winter, and cooling in the summer. They also want to make sure partici- pants in the program are not being abused, mistreat- ed, or neglected. All eligible seniors are encouraged to sign up and use this free service. To sign up call Wilma at 276- 328-7114 and leave your name and phone number. You may also call Sheriff Oakes, or a mem- ber of his staff, at 276-328- 3756. The only informa- tion required is your name, address, phone number, and a contact person in case of emergency. growing ,_number of stu- dents for whom English is not a native language, as well as those speakers who have been identified as needing English Learner services. "With the increasing number of English Language Learners in the classroom, it is essential that teachers receive train- ing in the best approaches and methods for meeting the needs of these stu- dents," said Tammy Harosky, assistant profes- sor and ESL program coor- dinator for King. "We want to make sure our educators are provided with the tools they need to excel." For more information on the ESL Teaching Endorsement, visit, contact the King University Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014, or email Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGE~IIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. 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