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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, November 27, 2014 Of shoes. sealing Ann Young Gregory Thanksgiving Reprinted from November 24, 2011 These days, Thanksgiving Day seems to be devoted to watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, eat- ing one's self into oblivion and, insofar as is possible, watching one or more football games on television. Some tend to forget that the first reported Thanksgivings, and there were several, were held in order to give thanks to God for guiding them to their destination, wherever that might have been, and allow; ing them to survive under nearly impossible circum- stances. Over the years, there's been a lot of quibbling over when and where the first Thanksgiving actually occurred. It will probably surprise a lot of people--as it did me--to know that the very first documented thanks- giving feasts in territory currently belonging to the United States were held by Spaniards in the sixteenth century! (Information courtesy of Wiki-pedia.) What we generally credit with being the First Thanksgiving, however, was held in what was eventually known as Virginia. Services of thanks occurred there routinely from as early as 1607 in Jamestown, the first permanent settlement. In December, 1619, 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred--about 8,000 acres on the north bank of the James River near Herring Creek. It was about 20 miles from Jamestown. Survivors from that settlement retreated to Jamestown in 1622 after Indians massacred nine of the original residents. IntereStingly, the charter which authorized the Berkeley Hundred settlement specified that a thanksgiving service be held on the day that the ships amved safely in Virginia. It further required that the day be observed annually as a day of thanksgiving to, in the words of the charter, "Almighty God." A painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris intended to represent the first thanksgiving instead pictures several misconceptions that the painting has helped nurture as part of our history. As examples, Pilgrims did not wear the outfits in which they were pictured, nor did the Native American Wampanoag tribe dress like their "brothers" who lived on the Western Plains, although this is how Ferris pictured them. A Patuxet Native American named Squanto, who had learned English while he was enslaved in England, (he had been freed and returned to his homeland) was able to communicate with the Pilgrims and taught them how to catch the plentiful eel and how to grow corn. He was also able to act as their go-between with his tribes- men, which probably helped preserve their lives. (As I was doing research for information on this first Thanksgiving and ran across the reference to Squanto, I remembered a book I had been given as a child about Squanto and his role in the first Thanksgiving. I wish I still had that book to see how accurate it really was.) Massasoit, a leader of the Wampan0ag, was also of great help to the Pilgrims, as he saw to it that they received food from his tribe's supplies when he discov- ered that the English ships hadn't brought sufficient sustenance for the colonists to exist. After their first harvest, the Pilgrims spent a day celebrating, although, according to the story, they didn't consider the celebra- tion to be a time of thanksgiving. An emphasis in one of the sources I used is that the Pilgrims, who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts, are not the same as the Puritans, who established the Massachlisetts Bay Colony (present day Boston). The Pilgrims were, for the most part, Separatists (English Protestants who believed that the Church of England was out of control, so to speak), while many Puritans were also Separatists, but not so extreme, and believed that the Church of England could be saved. Fast forward to the present. The Church of England was saved, of course, and our part of this incredible New World became a country where everyone is free to observe whatever religion he or she chooses--or not to observe any religion at all. That's just one of the things for which we can express our thanks on Thursday. How many more can you list? There are wonderful families, great neighbors, a small town where people care about each other and the opportunities they have for them- selves and their children, to name just a few, And then there are the peculiarities which have grown around this once simple holiday which was orig- inally declared so that everyone would be reminded to stop and thank God for their blessings. In addition to the parades, football games, absurdly huge meals which add untold numbers of calories and grams of fat to our bodies, somebody--whether it's the stores or the shop- pers--has invented what has come to be known as Black Friday. Once upon a time, a version of that phrase was used to describe October 29, 1929 ("Black Tuesday") when the stock market crashed. Black Thursday (October 24, 1929) saw the fall begin, and subsequent days were col- ored Black through Tuesday, which proved to be a dis- aster, giving birth to the Depression. "Our" Black Friday, however, is light years away from those days. At least according to legend, the day after Thanksgiving is the day that retailers' books change color from red to black. This year, some stores seem to be going a little overboard, however. Ostensibly to spare their customers the inconvenience of "camping out" half the night to get into their stores at 5 a.m. or whenever--before anyone else, some retailers are opening on Thursday.night--it's still Thanksgiving, but the stores apparently want you to cut the holiday with your family/friends/television set short and begin shopping! Of course, it's not hard to understand that when you remember that we've been seeing Christmas decora- tions and gift displays in stores and catalogs since well before Halloween! Response to Emma aldwin fund great Pictured left to right: Lt. Russell Cyphers, Janie Dockery, Michael Wampler, Assistant CWA Adrian Collins, Jennifer Davis, Sheriff Ronnie Oakes, VSP Special Agent Jason Nichols, Lieutenant Charles Sanders, Patrol Division, Wise County Sheriff's Office, 5605 Patriot Drive, P.O. Box 916, Wise, VA 24293 Office: 276-328-3566, Fax: 276- 328-2624 Emma Baldwin was a small child that was murdered Office, Virginia State Police, and the Wise County/Norton by her mother's boyfriend. The Sheriff's Office and the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office presented a check to State Police worked the case. The suspect has been sen- the Southwest Virginia Children's Advocacy Center locat- tenced to life in prison, ed in Big Stone Gap, Virginia in the amount of $6130.67 The murdered girl never received a headstone and still on behalf of Emma Baldwin. Funds were collected in had outstanding funeral expenses. The Sheriffs Office, order to purchase a grave marker for Emma, and the CWA, and VSP started a fund to raise money for her head- amount given to the Advocacy Center was the amount left stone and'funeral expenses. The community response was over once the marker had been purchased. The Sheriff's overwhelming, and the remaining money was donated to Office would like express how appreciative they are for the Child Advocacy Center in Emma Baldwin's memory,the outcry of support for this cause. On November 21, 2014 the Wise County Sheriff's Senator Chafin continues work on new committees After taking the oath of through this committee. Services, Senator Chafin is we liked our health insur- office, Senator Ben Chafin " A g r i c u 1 t u r e,uniquely qualified to serve ance, we could keep it. (R-Lebanon) was assigned Conservation, and Natural . on these two committees.That was not the reality for to four powerful'commit- Resources Committee is The General Assembly over 250,000 Virginians tees. One of the commit- incredibly important to was called back to who lost their health insur- tees Senator Chafin was Southwest Virginia. Richmond for Special ance. I am proud that we assigned is The Committee Agriculture, coal, and natu- Session on November 10th passed Senate Bill 5014 on Commerce and Labor ral gas are among the topto continue their work onthat will allow health insur- where all bills concerning industries in the region and the budget, consider judi- ance companies to contin- business laws, regulation, I look forward to helpingcial elections, and pass new ue to carry theseplans that economic development, shape future policies that legislation. Due to a Short- had to be cancelled under and commerce law are con- protect and enhance thesefall in revenue, the General Obamacare. I am glad we sidered. After receiving industries," said SenatorAssembly had to cut partswere able to reach a solu- this appointment, Senator Charm. of the budget. Senator tion to help many of those Charm stated, "This com- Senator Chafin will con- Chafin stated, "As a state, hurt by Obamacare." mittee is crucially impor- tinue his work on the we must live within our Senator Chafin repre- tant to growing business Courts of Justice means and maintain a bal- sents all of Bland County, and bringing new jobs to Committee in the Senate anced budget in Virginia.Buchanan County, Southwest Virginia and thewhere all criminal law, Hard choices have to be Dickenson County, Russell Commonwealth. As a civil law, and elections of made in order to keep taxes County, Tazewell County, small business, owner, I judges are considered, low and keep the burden Pulaski County, Norton look forward to bringing The Committee on off people who are already City, Radford City, and my experience to this pow-Rehabilitation and Socialsuffering in our struggling parts of Montgomery erful committee and work- Services, which considerseconomy." County, Smyth County and ing to improve the econo- laws related to correctional Senator Chafin said Wise County. my." institutions, substance there was one bill that he For comments or con- The Committee on abuse, and social services, was very proud to work oncerns, please call him at Agriculture, Conservation, was also assigned to in Commerce and Labor (276) 889-1044 or email and Natural Resources was Senator Chafin. As a that is much needed in him at also assigned to Senator lawyer who also represents Virginia. Speaking to this district38@senate.vir- Charm. All bills related to individuals, businesses, bill, Charm said, "We allginia.gov. agribusiness, land and Local Agencies, and Localknow President Obama water issues, and energy go Departments of Social broke his promise that if Reese Edward Carroll, Jr. elected 170th Grand Master of Masons The Grand Lodge of Virginia, on Saturday, November 8, during its 236th Annual Communication, elected Reese Edward Carroll, Jr of Buckingham, to serve as its 170th Grand Master during 2014-2015. Reese Edward Carroll, Jr. was born in Buckingham on November 9, 1945. He graduated from Buckingham County High School and after graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and served until 1969. He retired from Xerox Corporation after thirty- four years of service. He held several technical and management positions dur- ing his tenure with Xerox and was responsible for Xerox service in the Charlottesville, Roanoke and Western Virginia areas. His Masonic history began on May 12, 1992, and he is an active member in Buckingham Lodge No. 242. His Masonic services since that day have been extensive, as have been his community services. During the tenure of Reese Edward Carroll, Jr his emphasis will be "Together, We Can Make A Difference." Conduct business online during Thanksgiving office closings Drivers urged to get rest and buckle up before traveling All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, November 27 to Saturday, November 29, and will reopen on Monday, December 1. DMV customers can avoid service delays after the holiday closure by using preferred service options, including DMV's website, automated tele- phone service (1-888-337- 4782) and the mail. T h r o u g h www.dmvNOW.com, cus- tomers can complete more than 30 transactions with- out visiting an office. In addition, some DMV Select locations, which are operated by local govern- ments or private citizens, operate outside of the state holiday closing schedule. The 54 DMV Selects across the state process vehicle-related transac- tions, including registra- tion' renewals, titles and license plates. Driver's license and ID card servic- es are not available at DMV Select offices. To find out if a DMV Select in your area is open on a state holiday, visit www.dmvNOW.com/DM VSe.lect. DMV urges drivers to buckle up during the Thanksgiving holiday - and every day. Last year, 13 people died on Virginia roads dur- ing the five-day Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday, November 27-Sunday, December 1, 2013). One death was a pedestrian. Of the 12 other people who died, eight (67 percent) were not wearing their seatbelt. Three of the 13 fatalities (23 percent) were alcohol-related. - "Don't turn Thanksgiving into~ a tragedy. Always wear your seatbelt, and, if you are going to drink alcohol, never drive. If you feel too Clinch Valley Times Deadlines: Editorial copy 3 pm Monday Advertising noon Monday tired to drive, don't get behind the wheel," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "This advice won't prevent all crashes, but it might save your life." With proper use of seat- belts, you are 40 percent less likely to be killed in a crash. In 2013, 310 people who weren't properly restrained died in Virginia crashes. Motorists between the ages of 21 and 35 made up 118 of the fatalities (38 percent). Law enforcement offi- cers are stepping up seat- belt and child safety seat enforcement efforts during the Click It or Ticket Mobilization November 21-27. During the November 2013 event, law enforcement officers throughout Virginia issued 1,134 safety belt citations and 225 child safety seat citations. Typically, the busiest travel days during the Thanksgiving holiday are Wednesday and Thursday and, because the price of gas is lower, more drivers are expected to hit the roads than usual. To avoid increased traffic, choose another day to travel Motorists are also encour- aged to get plenty of rest and to do most of their driving during daylight hours when visibility is best. Clinch Valley Times -NIEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weetdy in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO INC. The Clinch Valley "FRnes serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Slxeet. Periodicals postage is paid at the ?ost Office in St. Paul, VA 24283 Allen Crregory Editor/Adv. Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIFFIONS: In advance: $.o 8.50 in Wts and Russell Counties; $30.00 in other 24-zlp-codes; elsewhere $32.5o. 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