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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, November 27, 2014 Page 5 St. Paul Policeman George Robinson, along with his son Todd, daughter-in-law Kara and grandsons Brady and Logan, attended the St. Paul Christmas Bazaar on Saturday. Todd recently returned from his third tour of duty in the Middle East. He is a Technical Sergeant and his job is TACP. As Thanksgiving approaches, remember to be thankful for the men and women of our military who risk their lives for us. Russell County Extension Ne 's Your Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division -Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade, and Bill W0rrell presents this week's Extension News. Our office is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vt.edu/ November 28 November 29 December 8 December 18 Extension Calendar of Events: Echo, Ridge Farm - "Black Friday" Bull and Female Sale Atkins, VA Scott County Cattlemen's Premium Assured Heifer Sale Washington County Fairgrounds - 12:00 noon VQA Feeder Calf Sale VA Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction - 6:00 pm Private Pesticide Applicator's Recertification Course If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056.' SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE November VQA Feeder Calf Sale (Part 1) The latest Virginia Quality Assured Calf Sale was held on Monday, November 10th at 6:00 prn on the Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction. Approximately 100 producers met at the Russell County Conference Center to listen to the sale and see the debut of the new Internet Marketing Component. This sale was the largest offering from our cooperative marketing group - 1,950 head / 24 tractor trailer loads of weaned and vaccinated feeder calves. Listed below are the average weights per load and the sales prices ($ / Cwt): STEERS: 450# - $296.00; 510# - $289.00; 560# - $283.50; 590# - $274,00; 615# - $265.00; 635# - $264.50; 645# - 257.50; 660# - 257.00; 675# - $255.00; 690# - $251.00; 715# - $239.00; 745# - $236.50; 775#- $225.50; 825# - $224.00; 890# - $211.00 HEIFERS: 475# - $254.00; 535# - $243.00; 580# - $240.00; 615# - $239.75; 635# - $239.50, 650# - $238.75; 675# - $234.00; 715# -$230.25; 790# - $212.75 The next VQA Feeder Calf Sale will be held on January 12th on the Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction. To be eligible, calves must be weaned by December 1 st. For more information about the VQA Program, please contaCt the Extension Office. DONNA MEADE - FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall in America, causing about 21,000 deaths a year including almost 700 cases per year in Virginia. Therefore, every home in Virginia should be tested for radon gas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The EPA classifies radon risk areas as Zones 1, 2 or 3. Virginia has 46 counties and 15 cities that are classi- fied as Zone 1 (high risk), and 24 counties and 8 cities classified as Zone 2 (mod- erate risk). Testing your home, workplace or other normally occupied area is the only way to know for sure if an indoor radon problem exists. Indoor radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from decaying uranium and radium in soil or rocks. Radon gas breaks down into even smaller particles that people and pets can inhale deep into their lungs. Indoor radon usually reaches its maximum concentration during the coldest winter months. The lowest livable level of the structure should always be tested because that is where the highest radon levels in the structure are typically found. Self-test kits may be obtained from commercial vendors or may be ordered at roughly half the normal retail price. If the radon level exceeds the EPA recom- mended action level (4.0 pCi/L), confirmatory testing should be performed. There are several proven methods to reduce radon poisoning in your home: Stop smoking and discourage smoking in your home. Smoking may increase the problems that come with being exposed to radon. Spend less time in the parts of your home that may have higher concentrations of radon, such as the basement. Increase the airflow into and through your house whenever practical, espe- cially in the basement or crawl space. If your home has a crawl space, keep all of its vents open year-round. Install and use a vent pipe system and fan that pulls air and radon gas from under the house and vents it to the outside. Seal foundation cracks and other gaps that let air and radon gas leak into your home. A vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside is the method primarily used. This system, known as a sub slab suction radon reduction system, does not require major changeS'to your home. Sealing foundation cracks and other openings makes this kind of system more effective and cost-efficient. Similar systems can also be installed in houses, with crawl spaces. Radon contractors can use other methods that may also work in your home. The right system depends on the design of your home and other factors. Radon is a serious health risk. It can be reduced easily and cost-effectively. Take action today. Encourage your friends and family members to do the same! Call the Extension office @ 276-889-8056 to learn hovd to get a discount coupon for an easy-to-use radon test kit. To learn more about radon and how to fix radon problems in your home, check out these resources: Online: http://www.michigan.gov/deqradon Radon hotline: 800-RADoNGAS or 800-723-6642 http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/RadiologicalHealth/Radon/ " or http://w.ww.epa.gov/radon/pubs/ The Russell CounO, Extension Unit -- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell- is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, "VA Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vt.edu/ At any time of the year you may see these ladies out in town decorat- ing and sprucing up. Doris Fletcher and Juanita Kelly have been dec- orating the windows of the old Willis Building on Fourth Avenue for Christmas. Thank you ladies for your time and effort in making our town look great all year long! The cold temperatures of last week didn't bother this goat as he posed for the photographer on Tuesday. Alzheimer's patient found and reunited with family On November 21, 2014 home. During the search arrived on Scene and Wise County Sheriffs for the male, Virginia State reunited with their loved Office, Coeburn Police Police Med-Flight locatedone. Sheriff Oakes would Department, and Virginiahim walking in a wooded like to thank the Virginia State Police responded to area near Dan Hall State Police and Coeburn the Banner Section of Mountain Road. Deputies Police Department for their Co eburn, VA on a call of an and Troopers responded assistance in locating the Alzheimer's patient thatand safely located the male, and for his safe had wandered away from male. Family members return to family members. 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