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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 1, 2016 ships..and sealing wax.. A,,n ro,,,g regory Black Friday Reprinted from November 29, 2007 No, the words, as applied here, don't denote a stock market crash or any other horribly ominous event which will set civilization back several decades. Actually, in the context where it is used to describe the day after Thanksgiving "Black Friday" is, at least for most peo: ple, a positive phrase. Most references define the day as one when retail merchants can be assured that their sales for the year will move into the BLACK, or, since most are already profitable for the year, that they will stay in the black through the lucrative Christmas sea- son. It means a great sales season, and retail merchants (and the economy in general) benefit from that kind of situation. It's true that several references are made to the phrase "Black Friday" as referring to the horribly rude and massive crowds with which store clerks have to deal each day after Thanksgiving, but most now con- sider it positive. The day has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since 1924, when the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was first launched, although it hasn't been called "Black Friday" for that long. One Internet source reveals that the term "Black Friday" has been the designation for the shopping phenomenon the day after Thanksgiving only since the 1970s, and it was originally given that name because of the heavy traffic (and headaches for cab drivers and policemen) which the shoppers generate. Merchants soon began giving the term their own interpretation, however, and that seems to be the one that's now generally accepted. To get down to the important details, though, did YOU take advantage of the "door busters," Sales prices, complimentary breakfasts and other perks offered by merchants this year as they made every effort to lure shoppers into their stores. Several stores advertised that they would open at 5 a.m. Friday and another pro- claimed that it would open its doors at 4! Even though the widely-circulated "information" that the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year is nothing more than Urban Legend, in actuality, about five percent of all Christmas shopping is accomplished on that day. Typically, the top shopping days are reserved for the late shoppers, such as I used to be, and tend to range from December 19-23. This year, I bought a few Christmas presents-- maybe five-----on "Black Friday." I learned my lesson some years ago when Peyton and I decided, in a fit of lethargy brought on by too much Thanksgiving dinner, that we would drive to Lexington, Kentucky, on Friday morning, have a nice lunch, and spend the afternoon shopping. We did just that. In the pouring rain. With most of the people in Central Kentucky. We planned to go to Lexington's biggest shopping center, Fayette Mall, but had a few other stops to make first. Even though the other stores were close to the mall, it took us about 45 minutes to drive from one to the other, find a parking place, and get into the store. When we eventu- ally got to the mall, we discovered that almost every- body in the area was also there, and the parking place we had to use was at least an eighth--and possibly a quarter-----of a mile from the closest entrance to the mall itself. The rain was still coming down in buckets! I will Say that we bad a very successful shopping afternoon, but I got to the point where I was so loaded down with stuff that I was unable to lug it all around to any more stores. At that point, Peyton bravely carried it all out to the car so we could start fresh, which we did. (It's a huge mall !) After a very informal dinner in the mall's extensive food court, I was ready to get in the car, drive back to our motel and collapse. Peyton, however, looked at her watch and exclaimed, "We've still got time to get to Memorial ColiseUm to see the Lady Cats' game!" Not having the courage to ruin her day, I weakly nodded my head. We sloshed our way to the car, stowed the second round of shopping results in the trunk and drove to the Coliseum, wberembig surprise--the closest parking place was some distance from the building itself. We managed to park, get to the window, buy our tickets, and get into the building where I had seen every Kentucky Wildcat basketball game that was played at home between the 1952-53 season (only two Blue-and- White games that year) and the 1955-56 season. The game was good, the Lady Cats won, and I finally got to go to the motel, take my shoes off and get comfortable. (That was probably sometime during the late 1980s. At that point, I had never heard the term "Black Friday" applied to the general shopping spree one day after Thanksgiving.) Getting back to the point, however, I mentioned stores opening at 4 and 5 a.m., with all kinds of special prices on hot items (Peyton got a 5"x7" photo printer for $.38!) Those stores are all motivated by more than merely trying to get you inside. They are far more interested in seeing that you are out of your house and shopping where the brick-and-mortar stores really are. For the past few years, more and more people have done their holiday shopping online. Most "mainline" stores--the big chains of department stores, electronic stores, discount stores and others--maintain an online presence just so they won't miss out on the action there. Many people apparently just find it more comfortable to sit at home and shop with a mouse and credit card than to go out in the cold (and/or rain), fight traffic, then crowds, to walk what probably amounts to miles to find specific items. They can do the same thing without the driving, parking, walking and so on---by just searching their online sources. One source I found indicated that many of the shoppers at the brick-and-mortar stores on "Black Friday" are just seeking prices, so they can go back home to the Internet to see what better deals they can find there. Many merchants offer free shipping at Christmas time; and most items (are there any, in fact?) don't require that sales tax be paid, at least in our state. I've never been a great fan of trudging through crowd- ed stores to do my shopping, and therefore I find it very satisfying to sit in front of my computer in my bathrobe and slippers, taking care of Christmas shopping at mid- night---or three in the morning---or whenever I'm struck by the motivation to get it done.. .... Did you "do" Black Friday? Or are you one of those who shops for Christmas from January through July and has everything wrapped by Halloween? Or are you waiting for Christmas Eve? I haven't gotten to the point where I have it wrapped by Halloween, but I'm doing a whole lot better than I used to do. Here's to early shopping, with good luck to retailers and the U.S. economy in general! It needs our help! Dear Editor, As the holidays approach, it seems fitting that we reach out to thank the people of our area for their generous support which allows Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC) to provide servic- es which enable older friends and neighbors to remain safely and comfort- ably in their homes-- which is where we know they want to be. Last year alone local support allowed MEOC to provide home heating assistance to 1,138 different older peo- ple. Since October 1 this year, 611 older persons have received home heat- ing assistance through MEOC's Emergency Fuel Fund. The Emergency Fuel Fund has been so impor- tant throughout MEOC's history. In the beginning days of MEOC as the area agency on aging serving Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton, older people spoke eloquently at public hear- ings about the need for help with their home heat- ing bills. With the encour- agement and support of the larger community, MEOC began the Emergency Fuel Fund which has always been and continues to be supported ONLY by local individuals, businesses, churches and civic organi- zations. No state or feder- al monies support this much-needed fund. Local contributions alone have sustained so many older people through so many hard times through the years. MEOC's Walkathon held in May raised $169,317. The Walkathon is the largest fundraiser for the Emergency Fuel Fund, and the amount raised is a testament to the kind, car- ing, giving people of southwest Virginia! It is also worth noting that peo- ple and organizations give all year long. The Walkathon total, impres- sive as it is, is not enough to provide assistance to all the older people in MEOC's service area who need help with home heat- ing. Last winter, the total expended by the Emergency Fuel Fund was $210,619, so we know that much more is needed to ensure that no older person gets cold during the com- ing winter. Friends and neighbors are our most important partners in this endeavor. The holidays present the perfect opportunity to join together with us to provide assistance and hope. Those whwuld like to make a donation should make the check payable to MEOC. and mail it to MEOC, P.O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. write EFF (for Emergency Fuel Fund) on the memo line. You may also go to www.meoc,org and click on Payments/Donations. MEOC will be participat- ing in the #GivingTuesday global event on November 29. Kick off this year's charitable season by con- tributing to a community agency that has touched the lives of many, both young and old: https://www.facebook.com /events/117519904587844 2 / p e r m a - link/1175199362545077/. May the season of peace, love and joy we are about to enter bring you and yours all those things! In deepest gratitude, Michael Wampler Executive Director Marsha Craiger Emergency -~Services Director ...... LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or edi- torial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. ---IDA agreement--- Continued from Page 1 assist the Authority with said Loan, thereby benefit- ing the residents of the Town and promoting eco- nomic grow .th in the Town, the Town is willing to undertake a non-binding but moral obligation to make payments on the principal of and interest on the Note; and, WHEREAS, the Town now desires to create a non-binding but moral obligation to assist the Authority, on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, with the payment when due of amounts required to be applied to the payment of principal of and interest on the Note; and, derived therefrom and the Authority as to whether other good and valuable the amount so requested- consideration, the receipt was appropriated. and sufficiency of whichThe Town shall pay to or are hereby acknowledged,on behalf of the Authority the parties hereto agree as the amounts of any appro- follows; priations made pursuant to 1. The Town hereby the provisions of this para- undertakes, to the extent graph 1 as soon as practica- permitted by law, a non-ble. binding but moral obliga- 2. If there shall occur a tion to pay such amounts as default under the Note, and may be needed with respect if, as a result thereof, pay- to the Note for the payment ment of the Note shall have of the principal of and been accelerated, then the interest thereon. At theAuthority shall make an request of the Authority, urgent request of the Town the Town Treasurer shallCouncil for an appropria- present to the Town tion as soon as practicable Council requests for appro- in an amount equal to all of priations to make such pay- the amounts due and owing ments in such amounts ason the Note on account of they become due. such default and accelera- The Town Councii shalltion. The Town hereby consider any such undertakes to the extent request(s) at its next regu- permitted by law, a non- larly scheduled meeting at finding but moral obliga- which it is possible to satis- tion to pay such amounts fy any applicable notifica- upon an acceleration. The tion requirements. The Town Treasurer shall pres- Town Treasurer shall notify ent to the Town Council a WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 14.2-4905(12) of the Act, the Town may give money to the Authority; NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the foregoing premises and mutual benefits to be Medical Malpractice Motor Vehicle Accidents o::=: 3 6 Yeat E2xperte c e Railroad lnjuri~:i: Wrongful Deaih, Hunling Accidentsii3i~njuries to Chihlren Nursing Home ClaimS, Det~c@ Products &:'Drugs, Property Estate & Business~Disputes; DeedS, W'ills~ Estates~ Trusts, Economic Development Proj~ggs~:~imina|!!DetimSe~t~ & Federal Courts Jo;ce Kilgore ~q., Of Counsel Authorized by: Frani~i:iKilgore, Attorney-at-Law EO. Box 1210 St. Paul, Virginia 24283 Phone: (276) 762-2201 16542 russell Street Fax: (1276) 762-5593 request for such an appro- priation in such a manner as she or he shall deem appropriate but as soon as shall be practicable. The Town shall pay to or on behalf of the Authority the amount of any appro- priation made pursuant to this paragraph 2 as soon as practicable. 3. The Authority shall apply any funds appropriat- ed to the Authority by the Town hereunder to the pay- ment of the principal of and interest on the said Note when due. 4. The benefits of this Agreement shall inure to the Authority, CCBV, and to the holder of the Note. 5. This Agreement shall remain in effect until all amounts payable under the Note have been paid in full and the Loan has been repaid in full. 6. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be or be deemed to be a lending of the credit of the Town to the Authority, the holder of the Note, or to any other person, nor shall anything contained in this Agreement be or be deemed to be a pledge of the faith and credit or the taxing power of tile Town with respect to any pay- ments due under the Note. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall legally bind or legally obligate the Town to appropriate funds to or on behalf of the Authority for the purposes described herein, nor shall any provision of this Agreement give the Authority, the holder of the Note, or any other person any legal right tO enforce the terms hereof against the Town Council or the Town. 7. If any clause, provi- sion, or paragraph of this Agreement shall be held illegal or invalid by any Court, the illegality or invalidity of such clause, provision, or paragraph shall not affect any of the remaining clauses, provi- sions, or paragraphs hereof, and this Agreement shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal or invalid clause, provisions, or para- graph had not been con- tained herein. In case any agreement contained here- in shall be held to be in vio- lation of law, then such agreement shall be deemed to be the agreement of the parties hereto the full extent permitted by law. IN WITNESS WHERE- OF, the Town Council of the Town of St. Paul, Virginia has caused its name to be subscribed hereunto by the Mayor of the Town and its seal to be hereto affixed and attested by its Clerk, the Industrial Development Authority of the Town of St. Paul, Virginia has caused its name tO be subscribed hereunto by its Chairman and its seal to be affixed and attested by its Secretary, and Community Capital Bank of Virginia has caused its name to be subscribed hereunto by its authorized signatory and its seal to be affixed and attested by its notary, all as of the date first above writ- ten. [NOTE: The docu- ment's signature page fol- lowed but has been omitted in order to conserve space.] Stop for any school bus loading or unloading children! IT'S THE LAW! Clinch Valley Times MEMBER V1RGINqA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. 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