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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 4, 2014 Virginians urged to get ready for winter weather November 30-December 6 is Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia CASTLEWOOD High School Class of '54 enjoyed their 60th Class Reunion at the Bonanza Restaurant in Lebanon on October 18 with 15 class members and 10 guests present. They are pictured as follows: front row, left to right, Irene Bradley Kaminski, Lora Jean Hall White, Peggy Burke Hicks, Helen Gonzalez Moretz, Jean Casteel Tarr, Frances "Bobbie" Cook Gullet. Back row, Thelma Branson Couch, Joyce Dingus Wolfe, Mary Margaret Selfe Leonard Bailey, Edward Pitzer Harding, Patricia Dickenson Adams Gray, John A. Couch, Barbara Carico Quillen, Shelby Boris Hicks Snyder. Not pic- tured: Madalyn White McCarty. The next class reuion will be held in two years. Date, time and place to be worked out and members noti- fied. --Christmas Parade From Page 1 Photo #6 The Johnson's 5 & 10 float was a highlight of St. Paul's Christmas parade for many years, thanks to the efforts of Clyde Johnson. This photo was taken on Fifth Avenue in front of what was then the Johnson Building. This building had also housed the St. Paul Motor Company for many years. It was destroyed by fire several years ago. Photo 6 Regional Main Street Programs partner in shop local campaign Sister Virginia Main Street "Programs of Abingdon, Bristol, Marion, and St. Paul Virginia join forces for a regional shop local campaign that focus- es on the importance of buying local and support- ing the small businesses in each of the respective "Main Street" communi- ties. Shopping in our local downtown communities is a blossoming adventure in style. From antique to modern, shops big and small, local morn and pop shops offer so much more than your conventional box store. Upscale men's and women's clothing and shoes, designer home accessories, gourmet good- ies, toys, bold original art, land dazzling jewelry from fine to far out. "Regional collaboration is a key component to Virginia's economic strate- gy, and we are pleased to see Main Street communi- ties working together to support small businesses in their communities," said Bill Shelton, Director of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. "By work- ing together, these commu- nities are making this region a great place to shop locally and do business." According to Susan Howard, Executive Director of Abingdon Main Street, "It's amazing to have four Main Street pro- grams in such close prox- imity to each other. Our local independent busi- nesses give our communi- ties unique character and appeal. We should support them in every way possible by buying local, not just for the holidays but all year long." Did you know that more money spent at a locally owned business stays in our community to support schools, emergency servic- es, roads, and jobs? When you buy from a locally owned business more of your money is used to pur- chase from other local businesses - a multiplier effect of at least 3. Local businesses utilize other business services such as print shops, local attorneys, local CPAs, etc. National companies use these serv- ices out of our area. Some additional facts about shopping local: If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. - For every $100 spent in locally owned independ- ent stores, $68 returns to the local community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. - For every $100 spent in chain stores, only $43 comes back into the local community. "Shopping local is what it's all about, and that's exactly what our local Main Street Programs are encouraging," said Olivia McDonald, Executive Director of Marion Downtown. "We want to show our communities the importance of shopping local and how much of an impact it has on our local economy. Our downtown's are alive and thriving, and the holiday's are a great time for folks to enjoy all the marvelous and unique local stores we have to offer." Teresa Hatless, St. Paul Main Street Manager, adds: "St. Paul is the smallest of our regional Main Streets, and we are excited to invite folks to shop in our historic down- town and enjoy our out- door recreation too. In turn, we hope St. Paul resi- dents will visit Abingdon, Bristol and Marion to shop locally this holiday season and all year long." "We want to challenge our communities to under- stand the important contri- butions small businesses make to each of our down- towns and entire region," stated Christina Blevins, Executive Director, Believe in Bristol. For more information please visit www.abing-,, on-downtown, and Calendar From Page 1 or fullerjr1942@ 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 Coebum 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 GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Gienna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offer- ing 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 infor- mation, 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 information 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. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. NARCONON COUNSEL- ING- Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your fam- ily from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800- 431-1754 or Winters in Virginia often are cold, snowy and icy and bring extended power outages. To high- light the importance of Virginia families and busi- nesses being winter-ready, the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, have set aside November 30 - December 6 as Winter Preparedness Week. "We've had several record breaking winter storms in the past few years and they serve as good reminders that it's smart to be prepared," said Governor McAuliffe. "Everyone should take steps now to be sure fami- lies, homes and businesses are ready for whatever winter may bring us this season."; Although the current National Weather Service winter outlook indicates Virginia could have a less severe winter than last sea- son, people still need to be sure their emergency plans and supplies are in place. "A significant winter storm is possible any win- ter in Virginia, even during those winters with overall temperatures near or above normal," said Bill Sammler, NWS warning coordination meteorolo- gist. "If the E1 Nino weather pattern happens as expected, then Virginia res- idents should anticipate storminess and a wetter than normal winter overall. E1 Nino winters are gener- ally not snowier, but they can be, if atmospheric con- ditions are right. A recent example of that is the 2009-10 winter." An important part of winter weather planning is being prepared to' stay where you are until condi- tions improve. During Winter Preparedness Week, Virginians should take these steps: Get a kit. Basic emer- gency supplies include: - Three days' food that doesn't need refrigeration or electricity to prepare it - Three days' water (a gallon per person per day) - A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries - Add a first aid kit, supply of prescription medications, blankets and warm clothing, supplies for special members of your household and pet items.' - For businesses and offices, some bottles of water and food bars and a radio to hear local informa- tion about whether or not it is safe to travel. Officials may advise staying in place until it is safe to travel. - A power pack for recharging cell phones and other mobile devices Make a plan. Everyone needs an emer- gency plan" Decide who your out- of-town emergency contact will be. Where will you meet up with family members if you can't return home? Get an emergency plan worksheet at or on the new Ready Virginia app. Stay informed. Before, during and after a winter storm, you should: Listen to local media for information and instructions from emer- gency officials. Be aware of winter storm watches and warn- ings and road conditions. - Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad. Get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking www.511 Download the Ready Virginia app. This helpful emergency planning tool for iPhone and AndroidTM mobile devices features: - Location-specific weather Watches and warn- ings issued by the National Weather Service - Disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management A customizable fami- ly emergency plan that can be easily shared A checklist for gath- ering emergency supplies Contact information for local emergency man- agers Links to register for local emergency alerts, and more "One heavy snowstorm with power outages is enough to disrupt sched- ules and cause people to wish they had prepared better," said Governor McAuliffe. "It's much safer to take a little time now and get ready before a winter storm arrives."; WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPS Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects. Never leave space heaters unattended. Install a smoke detector in every bedroom and on each level of your home. Check the batteries monthly, and replace them once a year at the same time every year. In case of power out- ages, use flashlights instead of candles for light. Use generators only outdoors and only in well ventilated areas. Make sure outdoor pets have adequate shelter, unfrozen water and food. If your household includes someone with special needs (has a dis- ability, requires electricity to operate home medical equipment; needs to go to dialysis, etc.)call your local emergency manager to let them know where you live and what you will need during an emergency. Driving is most dan- gerous when the tempera- ture is at or under 32 E If the road is wet, patches of ice are possible, especially on bridges and curves. Avoid using cruise control in winter weather condi- tions. Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road." Don't pass a snow- plow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehi- cles. Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your Car. V i s i t for more on preparing for winter weather. Cathy Ma~j~, Agent I6610 tq:ussel~ Street Suite 4 ~ir~t Paul, VA 24283 Bus: 276-76207251 There are also benefits now. I'lt showyou how life insurance can come in handy for more immediate family needs, like college, We put the life back in life insurance." CALL ME TODAY. tl i'I 18, 10=OO Ji,I. DIRECTIONS: FROM HWY 58 AT BOLTON, (MIDWAY BETWEEN HANSONVILLE & DICKENSONVILE) TAKE RT 613 (MOCCASIN VALLEY RD) AUCTION SITE BEGINS APPROX 2/10'S MILE ON RIGHT WITH APPROX '/1 MILE ROAD FRONTAGE AUCTION SITE INCLUDES 43+t AC, A TWO STORY FARMHOUSE, BARN, & DETACHED GARAGE. RUSSELL COUNTY PROPERTY REPORT SHOWS 55 ACRES TILLABLE, 308 ACRES PASTURE, 63 ACRES WOODED AND ONE ACRE HOMESITE 1