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Vol. LVIH, No. 46 576 EXIC Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 b " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, November 17, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS ' 50 cents The Town of St. Paul for the Santa Train visit. Santa Train will be provid- has announced the sched-The Town's Christmas ed by the Center Stage ule of events planned toBazaar will be held on Cloggers. The Crooked celebrate the 2016 appear- ance of the Santa Train on November 19. Activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue through 2:00 p.m. in downtown St. Paul, primarily on Fourth Avenue and Market Square, except, of course, Fourth Avenue with holi-Road Cruisers will also be day crafts and food avail- on hand. Free' holiday able from local vendors. Cookie decorating will be Get a headstart on held at the Cain Center Christmas shopping with from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 gifts including candles, p.m. wreaths, primitive, Santas, The celebrity guest on stockings, etc. the 2016 Santa Train, Entertainment at the which is sponsored by CSX, Food" City, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and Dignity U Wear this year is country music star Darryl Worley. "I'm honored to accom- pany the Santa Train as the celebrity guest this year, Worley said. "The opportu- nity to give back and to be a part of a 74-year-old hol- iday tradition is one that I couldn't pass up,and I look forward to being a part of it." The Santa Train makes 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee and will arrive in St. Paul at 10:53 a.m. Related but later holiday activities include the Town's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, December 2 at the Miner's Exchange Bank. The Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. the next day, Saturday, December 3. For information or to enter a float, call the Town Hall, 762-5297. Cedar Grove Baptist Church 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 S UPPORT-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, 1st . iil[ll!l!l!JN!!lJII! 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 HealthD 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 t ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social Mondays, 7 pro, First Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from Coebum. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. LITrLE 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.RE. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, H.O.RE. 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, RO. Box Dickenson, Lee, Scott1419, Lebanon, VA and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, and the Cit~ 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 CitizensDepartment, 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 AVA I L A B L E- T h e Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; Center is available for Wed & Fri 10am- reunions, birthdays and 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pro. showers. Closed Sun & Mon. 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 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 Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Group purpose is "to leam, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 This week the Clinch Valley Times is' pleased to introduce one of the area's newest businesses, D & D Thrift Shop. The store is located in the Milton's Shopping Center on Hwy. 58 near the Castlewood Post Office and B & H Pallets. It is operated by area resident, Dollie Tucker. Dollie is assisted by her husband Donald, and her four sons, Eric, Dustin, Fisher, and Noah. The purpose of the store is to provide quality mer- chandise at lower cost. The store is well-organized and all merchandise is clean and in good condi- tion. Name-brand clothing and household items, both new and used, are included in the store's inventory. When available, furniture the hallmark of the store is and appliances are also sold. If you're looking for something in particular, let Dollie know and she will try to locate it for you. Donations are accepted during business hours and its friendly, Christian atmosphere. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 276-298-9077, or e-mail Clinchfield Number 1 and the Santa FI by Jerry Couch For many of us, the pho- tos of Clinchfield Number 1 which accompany this article will evoke pleasant memories. This particular visit by the Santa Train took place in 1976. It stands out in my memory because my wife took our son, Andrew, to see the train for the first time that day. Andrew was only two was much greater than usual. The whistle had been sounded for the cross- ing at Burton Ford. I hurried down the path to wait for Number 1 to come by. When it rounded the curve betweenSouth St. Paul and the rock qfiar- ry, I saw volumes of thicE coal Smoke billowing from its stack and jets of steam puffing out from the pis- tons that drove its massive years of age so he probably traction wheels. retains no ,memory of the event - but I'm glad he was there. The Santa Train is part of our history and it is woven into the fabric of our lives. Most of our younger folks have never experi- enced standing trackside and listening to the shrill cry of a locomotive's steam whistle. How remarkable that new sound must have seemed to our grandparents and great-grandparents when the first N & W freight and passenger trains began service on the Clinch Valley Division in the early 1890's. It,spoke of mysterious and far-away places; it made a wide. vari- ety of store-boughten goods available for the first time; it brought locals into contact with people of every nationality. The coming of the trains changed our people and our region to a greater extent than anything else before or since. I'm going to share a favorite Clinchfield Number 1 memory with you. When I was in high school, my parents gave me our rental house in South St. Paul to use as my own. One day as I was standing in the yard of that house, I heard the unmis- takable sound of Clinchfield Number l's steam .whistle in the dis- tance. At first, the signifi- cance of that sound didn't register, but then " it occurred to me the volume That's when I realized Number 1 was pulling the train under its own power! Normally Number 1 was backed up by two diesel locomotive pushers, but not that day. It was the little engine that KNEW it could. As the train drew closer, my excitement reached a fever pitch. I jumped up and down, cheering and Waving at the crew and passengers as the train noisily rolled by. I cheered until it disappeared from view around the next curve and then I tripped, fell, toppled over the embank- ment, and sprained my ankle. I limped home - but what's a sprained ankle compared to seeing Clinchfield Number 1 speeding along under a full head of steam pulling sev- eral coaches and a caboose? I later learned that what I had seen was a special excursion train. As far as I know, Clinchfield Number 1 never pulled another train under its own power. Today, Number 1 enjoys honorable retirement a museum. I'd love to hear that whistle one more time...wouldn't you? Santa Train arrives in St. Paul - Dec. 1976 Santa greets the crowd in St. Paul - Dec. 1976