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Clinch Valley Times ..... - " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Vol. LI, No. 50 Thursday, l" :october 10, 2009 I Ill [I I.__ INLA "' .vpR00s0000y , A55OC/ ,fN ' _ Saint Paul, Virginia -" ....... :-: '-/q- ....... 50 -= i Water & wastewater proj00 cts for VCHE, are on schedi le m MERRY CHIilSTMAS!...Dominion presented a check for $1,500 to the First 'Baptist Church Food Pantry on Monday afternoon. Pictured, left to right, are Charlie Scott, Construction Site Manager for Dominion; Clara Johnson, Food Pantry volunteer; and Mike Moore, pastor of First Baptist Church. Artist Anthony Jones helped decorate Russell Street by painting Christmas and other seasonal scenes on the windows of the old Willis Building. l -- "'nnlm .........  ...................... Hi " ............  - (;alendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal at the Castlewood Lions Den. Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 Anyone 60 or over is invited. p.m., Trinity United Methodist ...The Dante Senior Citizens Church; Fridays: Clintwcod, 7:30 meet each Monday and Tuesday p.m., Clintwood United Metho- at 10 am. at the Dante Fire De- distChurch, partment. Russell County resi- COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- dents 60 or older are invited. TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY p.m., school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN'COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The a.m-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- Castlewcod Water & Se-wage day,Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 Authority BoardofDiree-tors, 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, l p.m., Appala- chian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Se- cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat- ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coebum NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Build-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Slated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Cen- ter conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am. Call 276-679- 0810 ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- ren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptislChurch, Coe- burn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little 'League Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend H.O.P.E. HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides emer- gency sheller for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- anan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed--train- ing available Call 1-800-572- 2278 SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Castlewood Senior Citi- Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays throuigh Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet at the Library on fourth Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES The Wise County Health De- partment, Wise, is open from 8 a.m..-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and muunnizations. Appointments are necessary for all but immnniza- lions. For an appoint-ment, call 762-328-8000 FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For, information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public library. ..Copies of Jhe Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP Women snrvivors of sexual as- sault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services" support group meeting with victims of -similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED ' Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daylune and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills in- eluding resume writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens provides disabili- ty transportation services in Buc- hanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272 GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history.'" Call William T Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fullerir1942.yahoo,corn JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, SL Paul, VA 24283 Make checks payable to Frieads 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 meet- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 pm VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickenson Coantv--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans; claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Coeburn--A Dept of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9 a.m-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. FOOD BAN K First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a l:c)d Bank each Tues- day from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Church and Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- days, For more information, call 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wisco Health District offer free confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Cc. 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 a.m.-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. CIRADD MEETING A meeting of C/RADD will be held at 6:00 p.m. on second Mon days. The meetings will be held at the Dante Museum. 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 com- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marci Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for informa- tion concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 p.m. 1st Mondays at the Dante Museum Communit- y Meeting is 3r.d Tuesday in March, June, Sept & Dec. GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will he held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome--admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- rary meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner. The Christmas dumer meeting is at 6 p.m. December 3, at the Riverside Diner. church-related activities calendar on page 3 will be Ol:,0000rational by Jan. 1 The three infrastructure pro- which will not only send signals pomt. jects which the Town of St. Paul and the Wise County Public Service Authority are putting in place for Dominion's Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) are all on schedule, according to contractors work- ing on the various jobs, and they will be ready to put into ope- ration on January 1, which was the original and stated deadline for completion. The reports were made .dur-. ing the regular monthly update meeting heldby Mark Hill, project engineer for Mattern & Craig with officials of the Town, the PSA and Dominion; and representatives of the con- tracting fh'ms which are re- sponsible for the three projects. The services to be provided include sanitary sewer, raw wa- ter, and industrial wastewater. The raw water pump station, which is being constructed at the corner of Route 58A and Fourth Avenue still has some minor work to be done. A skylight will be added to the roof of the pump station to facilitate repairs when and if they are necessary. Paving of the lot where this construction has been underway will be completed as soon as area asphalt plants open in the spring. The sewer pump station is also very close to completion, and the pumps will be installed in the wet well at the Dominion site next week.. The sewer line will be completed this week. The water lines are nearly complete, with completion of one PSA line still awaiting a permit so that it can be run beneath a railroad track on the PSA end of the project. Engineer Hill said that he is awaiting the approval of the L,t. fish and Wildlife Service to relocate mussels in several areas of the Clinch River before a diffuser on the wastewater treatment system .can be in- stalled. He anticipates receiving their approval soon. The raw water tank--the large dark blue tank near the Flags Road--has only to be tested in order to be put into service. Each element of the infra- structure projects will be served and partially operated by a so- phisticated telemetry system, to computers to turn valves or other regulators on or off, as required, hut also will notify operators and officials when something is done, needs to be done or a problem exists at any One more meeting will b held for all parties involved i the three projects. It was sch duled for Wednesday, Deceit ber 16, at 9 a.m. at the St. Pat Town Hall. _r Michael Sutherland SPHS student selected for extraordinary academic honor Michael Sutherland, a junior at St. Paul High School, has recently been notified of a wonderful opportunity. NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium informed him of his selection to participate in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program. Sutherland was chosen by a selection panel based on his Outstanding academic record, essay competition and letter of recommendation. The applicant pool was very competitive and completion of the online lessons, Sutherland will compete to have an opportunity to attend the all expense paid, seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton. Sutherland plans to pursue a career in computer science after attending a major university in Virginia. He is the son of Jennifer and Ernie Sutherland. Dante to offer Treat bags will be handed out on Saturday, December 19, starting at 12 noon at the Dante Coal and Railroad Museum. Santa Claus will also be on hand for the fun. Everyone is welcome. NASA commended Sutherland on being selected to this treats for kids prestigious program. As a VASTS Scholar, Sutherland is required to commit to 'the distance-learning component of the program which includes ten lesson modules with reading and research assignments, quizzes, simulations, discussion forums, case studies and a final project. Based upon successful SURPRISE!...Aithough weather prognosucators had said the area could experience "a dusting" of snow very early Saturday morning, most area residents were surprised to find about an inch and a half of the white stuff, which was still coming down. By the time the snow had stopped in the afternoon, about three inches, give or take a little, had fallen.