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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 1, 2016 THANKSGIVING GUESTS - Last week a group of Japanese foreign exchange students from ETSU were Thanksgiving holiday guests of Alex Bailey of St. Paul. Alex, a pharmacy major ETSU, serves as a student mentor for these young people. In Japan, Labor Thanksgiving Day, or "Kinro kansha no hi" is observed on November 23rd and is a national holiday. It has some aspects in common with our traditional Thanksgiving and Labor Day celebrations in America. After dinner, the students enjoyed a lively game of Foosball with their hosts. Pictured left to right: Greg Bailey, Saki Terashima, Yutaro Taura, Yuki Kitaguchi, and Hajime Watahabe. on November 7th, sixth grade girls from St. Paul Elementary School participated in the inaugural Girls' Day in STEM-H (science, tech- nology, engineering, math, and health) held at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. During this exciting, fun event, students listened to keynote speaker, Kelsey Johnson, Ph.D., who is an astro- physicist at The University of Virginia and participated in hands-on workshops. Enter a float in the Christmas Council moves to support Parade Saturday, December 3 educational equity In their Nov. 21 st. meet- ing, the St. Paul Town Council approved the fol- lowing resolution in sup- port of educational equity in the coalfield region: RESOLUTION TO SUP- PORT THE RECOM- MENDATIONS INTRO- DUCED AT THE COALFIELDS EQUITY SUMMIT WHEREAS, the locali- ties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Norton City, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise have been identified as being part of the Coalfields Region; and WHEREAS, Coalfield Localities and Stakeholders have deter- mined that working collab- oratively will enhance their collective voice in legisla- tive and other matters; and WHEREAS, Local Stakeholders include School Boards, Boards of Supervisors, City Councils, Town Councils, Industrial Development Authorities, Chambers of Commerce, etc.; and WHEREAS~ Coalfields Stakeholders believe that PK-12 public education is Critical to the vitality of the Calendar region as a whole; and WHEREAS, Coalfields Localities have seen a drop in population of over 40,000 residents since 1990; and WHEREAS, Coalfields School Divisions have seen a decline in K-12 enroll- ment of over 5,000 stu- dents since 2009 and a decline of more than 600 students since March 31, 2016; and WHEREAS, if the most recent decline in enroll- ment continues, the Coalfields Region stands to lose over $10,000,000 in State Revenue by June of 2017; and WHEREAS, 25% of students in the Coalfields Region live belong the Federal Poverty Level; and WHEREAS, 59% of students in the Coalfields Region are eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch; and WHEREAS, Coalfields Localities have the ability to raise only $1,200,000 by increasing property taxes by one penny (.01); and WHEREAS, local poverty and tax revenues prevent Coalfields Localitiesfrom funding From Page 1 schools at the same level as affluent Localities NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Coalfield Localities, Schools, and Stakeholders do hereby: 1. Urge the Virginia General Assembly to pro- vide a Cost of Competing Adjustment (CoCA) for Coalfields School Divisions for salaries and operations to the CoCA for 18 School Divisions in Northern Virginia as per- mitted by recommendation of the JLARC Report Document 82; 2. Urge the Virginia General Assembly to reis- sue the Enrollment Loss Budget Line Item for Virginia's schools as issued most recently in 2010; 3. Urge the Virginia General Assembly to approve the 2% Compensation Supplement that was originally part of the 2016 State Budget, 4. Urge the Virginia General Assembly to con- sider other long term solu- tions to provide equitable funding to School Divisions across Virginia as presented at the Coalfields Equity Summit held at the University of Virginia's College at Wise on October 13, 2016. "to learn, to share and to perpetu- ate family history." William T. Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- jri942@ JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J: Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152,~ Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meet- ings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER- The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495-8473. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confi- dential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- 1312. FREE GEl) CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for infocmation concerning GED testing. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. NARCONON reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit www.narcononnewlifere- ability.html to learn about the overdose reversing drug known as naloxone and find out its availability in your state. ADDICTION SCREI~NINGS Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431 - 1754 AMERICAN LEGION POST # 208 welcomes new members. If you served on active duty in the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves then you should be eligible to join us. You are not requiied to have served over- seas or have seen actual com- bat. Contact us at American Legion Post # 208, P.O. Box 1261, Lebanon, "VA 24266 with your name, address and phone number. Transfers are welcome: / Saint Paul, VA The Town's annual Exchange Bank. The Christmas Tree Lighting Christmas Parade will be Ceremony will be on held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Friday, December 2 at 6 December 3. p.m. at the Miner's For information on either event or to enter a float, call Glenda Lane at the Town Hall, 762-5297. SWCC chorus and SWVA children's choir concert December 4 The Southwest Virginia Community Chorus and Children's Choir will pres- ent a joint concert on Sunday, December4, 2016 at 3:00 pm in the gym of the King Community Center on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College. Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette; the two choirs bring the beautiful sound of choral music to the area. The Southwest Virginia Community Chorus is a 60 voice mixed non-auditioned choir that performs classical choral literature. Children's Choir is comprised of children from Russell and Tazewell counties. Director, Joseph Trivette states, "This year's Children's Choir is not only about the largest, but one of the best Children's Choirs we have ever had!" The SWVA Children's Choir is accompanied on piano by William Elliott and the SWCC Community Chorus piano accompanist is Suzanne Lowry. The choirs will also have strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion accompani- ments to enrich the per- f.ormance. The concert prornises to be a great way to kick off the celebration of .Christmas ! Price of admission is a suggested donation of $5. Please call (276)964-7381 for more information. B J NGO :Saturday, December $ Doors open at 5:00 Games begin at 6:00 St. Paul Recreation Rooms CASH PRIZES Bring a Friend Discount! WIN MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Support the Lyric Project ! We are trying to arica great aga .... - .... , !;; morganmcclureford,com (276) 762-5535