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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 4, 2014 Page 5 Arts Center holds holiday showcase and grand re-opening The Town of St. Paul is preparing for the holiday season with deco- rations all around including some new ones. The Tree Lighting will be held Friday at 6 pm at Miners Exchange Bank lot and then the Christmas Parade will be on Saturday at 2 pm. Appalachian Arts local authors will be sign-Appalachian Arts Center will hold a holiday ing copies of their books Center is located on Rt 19 showcase and grand re- including: Kathy Shearer, in the 'Old Archie Helton opening celebration on Chrissie Peters, ColonelStore' -2.5 miles south of Saturday, December 6th Whitt, Addie Davis, Linda Claypool Hill. Regular from 2-4pm. Katie Hoagland, and Patricia business hours are: Mclaughlin will demon- Synan. In addition, the gal- Tuesday Friday: strate spinning wool from leries are brimming with12:00p.m. -6:00p.m.; and sheep she raises, and will crafts and artwork hand-Saturday: 10:00a.m.- have herhandcraftedfelted made right here in the 6:00p.m.For more infor- wool creations availablemountains by local people, mation, please contact the for sale; while Ellen Elmes This event is free and open Center at 276-596-9188, or will be signing newly cre- to the public. Refreshments via email at ated archival prints of her will be served. Come cele- mural depicting the history brate the season with us, of Richlands. Numerous and enjoy our local talent! Items of Interest Dante Lives On will sponsor the Annual Christmas Tree Gallery at the Dante Community Center. You may vote on the Christmas tree of your choice at the Christmas Tree Gallery from 12 noon until 4 pm every day from December 1 until December 21. You may vote on the Most Original and the Prettiest Tree of your choice. Votes will be counted at 3 pm on December 21. Meetings of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees: The regular monthly meeting of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees will be held Thursday, December 4, at 1:00 p.m. at the Wise County Public Library. The Finance Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. to review monthly payables. Christmas Play: Cricket County Christmas Wedding. Dec 7, 6 PM. Sulphur Springs Methodist, 107 Sulphur Springs Circle, Castlewood 276 393 6599 Loudoun County selected to host 2015 Wine Tourism Conference Russell County Extension News Your Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division -Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade, and Bill Worrell presents this week's Extension News. Our office is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at Extension Calendar of Events: December 8 VQA Feeder Calf Sale VA Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction - 6pm December 15 VQA Feeder Cattle Delivery Tri-State Market - Abingdon, VA December 18 Private Pesticide Applicator's Recertificatioa Course If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE Virginia Quality Assured (VQA) Calf Summary (Part H) Participants in the VQA Feeder Calf Sale delivered their animals to Tri-State Market on Monday, November 17th (steers) and Monday, November 24th (heifers). All animals in the sale were weaned 45 days, vaccinated, and feed and water trough broken. 1,926 animals were weighed and penned into their respec- tive groups according to weight, size, and color. Twenty-six tractor trailers were loaded and shipped. **Special thanks to everyone at Tri-State Market for their hard work in getting this completed.** Listed below are some interesting statistics from the sale. Prices from the VQA Sale were directly compared to the Virginia Department of Agriculture's Graded Sales Report for the week of November 6-12, 2014. Prices for Medium and Large Frame #1 's were used from the VDACS report. Sale Statistics: Value of all animals sold $3,117,502.39 VQA Added Value $313,137.15 % Increase as result of VQA Program 11.2% Average Added Value per head $162.58 Average Value of VQA Steer $1,689.98 Average Value of VQA Heifer $1,508.47 January VQA Feeder Sale The next VQA Sale will be held on January 12th on the Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction. To be sale eligible, calves must be: - Weaned by Monday, December 1 - Last day to vaccinate is Thursday, January 1 st - Take-up (weather permitting) is scheduled for Monday, January 19th at Tri- State Market. For more information about the sale or to consign animals, please contact the Extension Office at 889-8056. DONNA MEADE - FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES A Healthy Family Plans Time Together When was the last time your family did something fun together? If you can't remember, you are not alone. These days, busy families have a hard time fitting fun activities into the schedule. But time for "kicking back" and relaxing is impor- tant to your family's health. 1) Find some time for a fun activ.ity together as a family each week. 2) Let family members also have time each week to do fun things alone or with their friends. 3) Encourage individual family members to share interests and time together (couple activities, parent-child activities, sibling activities). 4) Take a second look at your busy schedule and ask yourselves some ques- tions: -Why are the activities we are involved in important to us (work, sports, clubs, lessons)? -What things do these activities replace (time for family fun, reading, or enjoy- ing a hobby)? -How do these activities affect our family life? -Are these activities worth the time and effort? 5) Use television wisely. Carefully select programs that are important to the family. Don't use the television as "filler," looking for something to watch just to pass the time. Set limits on the number of viewing hours. 6) Plan time together. Extra time will not just "appear" in a hectic schedule. But if you plan ahead, mark family events on a calendar, and work together, you will discover creative ways to fit family fun into your schedule. And your family will be healthier, too! The Russell County 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 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Loudoun County will host the 2015 Wine Tourism . onference. Secured in coordination with the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Visit Loudoun and with assis- tance from the Virginia Wine Marketing Office, the conference will make its East Coast debut in 2015. Wine tourism lead- ers from across the country and world will travel to Virginia November 18-20, 2015for the fifth annual Wine Tourism Conferenceat Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. "We are thrilled that the 2015 Wine Tourism Conference will be hosted by Virginia and held in Loudoun County, one of the most iconic wine desti- nations in Virginia," said Governor McAuliffe. "I congratulate Loudoun County and the Virginia team for securing this nationally recognized con- ference." The Wine Tourism con- ference is organized by Zephyr Adventures and is expected to attract more than 200 wine tourism pro- fessionals from across the world. Open to winery owners, journalists, wine associations, wine destina- tion marketing organiza- tions and tour operators, the conference serves as a networking forum and pro- vides extensive educational opportunities for this grow- ing industry. Previous con- ferences have been held on the West Coast in the pre- mier wine destinations of Napa and Sonoma in California and Portland, Oregon. "Securing the Wine Tourism Conference is another win for Virginia's efforts to become the pre- mier East Coast destination for wine and wine tourism," said Virginia Secretary of- Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore. "With our wines garnering international acclaim, sales at a new all- time high -surpassing 521,000 cases in the last fiscal year - and more peo- ple visiting our wineries than ever before, Virginia is already recognized as a rising star in the global wine trade. The 2015 Wine Tourism Conference will further that well-deserved attention and reinforce all that we have to offer as a wine destination." "Virginia is a top desti- nation for wine lovers across the country, with more than 1.6 million tourists visiting our winer- ies last year bringing instant revenue to the Commonwealth," said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. "By host- ing the 2015 Wine Tourism Conference, Virginia becomes the .first East Coast destination for this annual event, once again showing the country and the world that we are a top location for wine tourism." Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with more than 250. Virginia is also the nation's fifth largest wine grape produc- er. According to a 2012 economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs more than 4,700 people and contributes almost $750 million to the Virginia economy on an annual basis. In addition, more than 1.6 million tourists visited Virginia wineries in 2013 according the Virginia Tourism Corporation. V i s i t to learn more about wine travel in Virginia or call 1- 800-VISITVA to request a free Virginia is for Lovers travel guide to start plan- ning a trip to Virginia. For more information, please visit CLINCH VALLEY TIMES DEADLINES: copy Monday, 3 pm ads Monday, 12 noon Give yourself the gift of education. 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