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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, December 3. 2009 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax..by Yo. g C ego Black Friday and other adventures A number of years ago, Peyton and I set off early on the Friday morning after Thanksgiving. We were headed for Lexington, Kentucky, where we had some favorites stores we wanted to visit for the big shop- ping day which is supposed to ensure that retailers will be in the "black" (hence the nickname) for the year. The decision to make that quick trip was a spur of the moment one (otherwise, had we given our- selves time to think about it, we would more than likely have decided it was not a particularly good idea.) But, given the adventure of it, we got up early and were off at about 7 a.m. Unfortunately, it was raining buckets, and continued to rain for the rest of the day. We had made reservations at our favorite motel for Friday night, so after checking in there, we set out, complete with lists, to do all our Christmas shopping. We stopped at a couple of stores not related to a mall, but ended up at the enormous Fayette Mall, which intimidates me to this day because of its size! Hours later, having made one interim trip to the car (parked what must have been half a mile away) to store pack- ages, we finally finished, and took the remaining stuff--and ourselves--to the car. I was ready to get back to the motel, but Peyt checked her watch and ex- claimed that if we hurried, we could get to Memorial Coliseum in time for the UK women's basketball game. My heart sank, but not wishing to be a poor sport, I agreed, so we were quite a lot later getting to the motel where I could finally relax. Although that was a successful and, in retrospect, a fun trip, we haven't done it again. Until this week- end just past. Well, it wasn't exactly like that, but sort of, since part of the intent was the same. Kentucky's final regular season football game was scheduled Saturday, November 28, and of course Allen and Peyt, armed with tickets and a parking permit, were ready to see UK finally beat Tennessee, which had been victorious in the contest between these two border rivals for last 24 years. (Alas, a UK win was not to be, so it's now 25 years Cat fans have to bemoan. However, that was the only unpleasant part of the trip, so I thought I'd mention it now and get it over with. I won't again refer tO football or long-standing SEC rivalries other than to throw in the somewhat comforting fact that UT did not beat UK on the football field during my entire four undergraduate years! Look it up!) So--they talked me into making the trip, which was to begin reasonably early on Friday morning, since Peyton had a holiday from her school duties, an-d-we had closed the office for a two-day Thanks- giving vacation. We got to town around 1:30, checked into our motel and put lunch as our #1 priority. I called my friend Tillie, and she and I had a very nice post-lunch visit while Peyt and Allen browsed at a camera shop they especially like. Then the real shopping began. We had made an informal agenda, based on geographical locations of the stores we intended to hit. As happens to most good plans, however, our sChedule ;got shot down when we misjudged the time for orie stop where a 2009-UK-graduate-and-football-player was going to sell and sign books Instead of being in the UK- focused store all aftemoon, he wasn't scheduled to arrive until 6:30. So we shopped there and bought some other UK stuff, then had to advance our sche- dule to another store where I wanted to shop. We went back to the UK store, and sure enough, Dicky Lyons, Jr., was therewith his sister (who also signed the book--she wrote either most or all of it.) Both of them were quite charming and we chatted with them for ten or fifteen minutes until four or five who were standing in line began to grumble. So we left. Then on to the huge mall, which, as I said, con- tinues to intimidate me--it would be very easy for me to get lost there. I have no idea how many stores are there, but it's dozens and dozens and dozens--one of the anchor stores is Macy's; another is Sears. There's a huge Dillard's, plus heaven knows how many other stores. The Food Court, too, is enormous, and occu- pies its own huge wing of the building. Peyt was the one who wanted to visit stores there, so we just followed along until my feet began to give out. I said I'd find a place to sit and they could come and get me when they were ready to leave--but she said she was ready, so we set out for a favorite restaurant--by this time, it was dark and probably eight o'clock. A nice dinner, and then a turn around our favorite book store--also huge. I bought only a few things, but was satisfied with what I'd found there. We tried another favorite shop, but it was just closing, and the lady who met us at the door very pleasantly suggested that we return in the morning. Since it was clear across town from our motel, I doubted that we could make it. However, next morning, off we went to that same store. I was very glad we did, because I found several perfect Christmas presents--it's a fascinating store with really beautiful and often one-of-a-kind items. I've always enjoyed shopping there, and wasn't disappointed on this trip! How very nice to be able to find wonderful solutions to the I-have-no-idea what-I- can-possibly-get-for-him/her/them problems that I always tend to have when I'm Christmas shopping! We also went to a store specializing in high tech equipment--Peyt was looking for something there. I became totally fascinated with a computer on display- -turned out it was an Apple iMax, of which I'd never heard. It had a huge fiat screen monitor with a very small wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse. Only the monitor had a power cord running from it to a plug-no other wires. I asked the sales person where the Central Processing Unit was, since it wasn't evi- dent, and he amazed me by saying that the computer's brains were all in the monitor (which was maybe an inch thick). I seem to become less technologically literate with each day that goes by, and I really felt far behind when I saw that elegantly simple--and at the same time, extremely complex--machine. Another person was demonstrating a laptop computer with a related gadget whose function I couldn't even guess. No, I didn't get all my shopping done, but after seeing our accumulated packages, Allen suggested that he might have to ride home tied to the roof of the car. Fortunately, that wasn't necessary. Even so, our Black Friday (and whatever they call the Saturday af- ter) shopping adventure was tiring but great fun! :Virginia 's tree seedling store open--order online, by phone store today. This year, VDOF has ex- panded the quantities of its of- ferings. Seedlings are now available in bundles of 10 to 25. Previously, the smallest quantity of bareroot seedlings available was 50. "Adding smaller quantities allows us to meet the needs of some of our customers," said Josh McLaughlin, nursery fo- 2~ % i Virginians looking to plant trees on their land in the spring will have to go no farther than their computers. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) opened its online tree seedling HOUGH Lou Gehrig Big, strong, seemingly indestructible. Then ALS sapped his strength and stole his life. Tough isn't enough to win this fight. MDA is working to find treatments and a cure for ALS. Be part of our team, Muscular Dystrophy Association 1-800-572-1717 www.mdausa.org People Help MDA... Because MDA Helps People IS rester. "Not every customer is planting 100 trees or more. Some (landowners) want to add trees to their property, and since they have a smaller area to plant, they want to make a purchase without buying large numbers of seedlings that they can't use. The 10 and 25 qua- ntities mean we're offering what our customers are looking for." The VDOF's two tree nur- series grow and sell 24 million tree seedlings each year. State Forester Carl Garrison said, "Our tree nurseries culti- vate, pack and ship some of the best species available--some- thing we've been doing for the citizens of the Commonwealth for 92 years." Virginians who are interested in purchasing tree seedlings can log onto the VDOF website at www.dof.virginia.gov and order from the more than 40 species available. The online store also includes information to help landowners choose the right species, as well as pricing and shipping details. A seedling price guide, with a mail-in order form, is also available at any VDOF office. For more information, or to place an order over the phone, call the Augusta Forestry Center. 540-363-7000. IPAWS meets every third I Thursday of the month, 6 pm at the Oxbow Center. DON'T LEAVE YOUR DOG OUT IN THE COLD For ~nforrrlahor~ I ~i or1 carlllqe winter care tJps ws~t www.ake.org or call 919-233-9767. ALA in VA celebrates Dec. 1 as victory in The American Lung Asso- ciation in Virginia commended Governor Tim Kaine and the General Assembly on Tuesday, as the new law went into effect that prohibits smoking in all public restaurants that do not have separately ventilated rooms for smokers. "Today is a landmark day for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the health of its citizens," said Melina Davis-Martin, Pre- sident and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast which serves Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. "The new law is a valuable step forward in the fight for healthy lungs and air in Virginia." There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, which causes about 50,000 deaths in adult nonsmokers in the United States each year. Less exposure to secondhand smoke means fewer cases of lung cancer, heart disease and acute respiratory infections, along with less frequent and less severe asthma attacks, for the nonsmoking public. For years, the American Lung Association has been working to protect Virginians from secondhand smoke by pursuing legislation for smoke- free public places. The Associa- tion remams in support of fight for air making all public places smoke free, and states its hope that this legislation is the first victory on the road to reaching that goal. To mark this important occa- sion, the American Lung Asso- ciation in Virginia will take part in the "Commonwealth Chal- lenge," issued by Governor Kaine, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Marilyn Ta- venner, and State Health Com- missioner Karen Remley. The ALA in Virginia's staff and volunteer will have dinner at their favorite local restaurants to say thank you for creating a smoke free environment and protecting the lung health of patrons and employees. "We invite all Virginians to join the American Lung Asso- ciation the 'Commonwealth Challenge'," said David De- Biasi, Director of Advocacy and Public Education for the Ame- rican Lung Association in Virginia. "Restaurant owners who are providing smoke free environments deserve our support." For smokers who would like to quit, the American Lung Association offers free help and support online at www.Quitter InYou.org and by phone at 1- 800-LUNG USA (1-800-586- 4872, select option two.) Wise County Sheriff's Report The Wise County Sheriff's this seven-day period 9 Office reports the following additional Criminal Investi- activities for the period of gations were initiated and 30 11/16/2009 through 11/22/2009. were cleared by arrest. The Wise Central Dispatch received a Sheriff's Office provided 230 total of 1,327 calls for this seven- man-hours of Court Room day period. Of the total calls Security for the three courts. received 373 were dispatched to The Sheriff's Office tran- the Sheriff's Office. Total sported 1 adult in state, 1 adult number of Domestic calls for this out of state, 6 mental patient, and period wasl31. Criminal Process 10 juveniles for a total of 18 for the same period served 33 transports, involving76.75 hours. Felony Warrants, 82 Misde- The Sheriff's Office unlocked meanor Warrants, 3 DUI Arrest 4 vehicles and escorted' 5 and worked 7 Traffic Accident. funerals during this seven-day Civil process for this period period. served 437 Civil Papers. During Virginia State Police offer holiday shopping and driving tips With the holiday shopping approach your vehicle to ask for season gearing up and con- sumers making their list and checking it twice thieves and fraudsters are putting together a different kind of list. Citizens can avoid falling victim to these criminals by being observant and taking a few extra precautions while enjoying the season's festivities. ",, The Virginia State Police (VSP) Insurance Fraud (IFP) and Help Eliminate Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) programs want to make sure the commonwealth's citizens stay safe and offer the following safety tips to protect you and your family from the grinches who want to steal more than your holiday. Always lock your car and take your keys with you. Don't leave your car unlocked and running even if you think you're only going to be a few minutes. It only takes a thief 12 seconds to steal a car. Park your vehicle in a well- lighted area; and always lock it, make sure the windows are up and take the keys. Don't make your car an easy target for thieves. Twenty percent of the vehicles stolen have the keys left in them. Don't leave any packages or valuables in your car in plain view. Always lock them in your trunk or cover them so they are not readily visible. Thieves know there are more packages in cars this time of year and are on the lookout for them. Always approach your car with keys in hand and check the back seat of your car. If you see suspicious activity or someone is loitering near your car, don't approach it. and if possible, notify the police. Be wary of people who offer you the right-of-way out of a parking space or indicate that it's okay to proceed. Scammers will motion to you that it's okay to pull out of a parking space, only to have their accomplice run into you with their vehicle, which may lead to your insurance company having to foot the bill for vehicle repair and possible bogus bodily injury claims. When driving, don't follow too close. You may be setting yourself up to be the victim of a staged crash if the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly. If you are in a vehicle crash, be wary of individuals who don't want to notify the police or get a police report. Also make note of the number, ages, sex and race of the occupants of the other vehic- le along with the license plate number. It's helpful to CatTy a disposable camera in your car to document the vehicles' damage as well as the occupants. Be mindful of people who EMERGENCY? Dial 911 directions or change, or to hahd out flyers. Winter cold can be stressful on your vehicle. Avoid being stranded by making sure your vehicle's maintenance is up-to- date and your gas doesn't fall below a quarter of a tank. - Carry a cellular phone and know your emergency numbers: #77 for Virginia State Police and 911 for local police. If you have knowledge of a fraudulent insurance scheme-or suspect you may have been ~e victim of insurance fraud, report the activity to IFP on the insurance fraud hotline at 1-877- 62FRAUD (1-877-623-7283) to visit www.StampOutFraud.com. You may also be eligible to re- ceive a reward of up to $25,000. The H.E.A.T. Program also offers a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest for vehicle theft. Call 1- 800-947-HEAT (1-800-947-~ 4328) or go to www.HeatReward.com if you have information about auto theft. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. 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