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:::: HELP FoR THE NEEDY...Pictured are the employees of Shaw who collected food items and dispersed them to needy families in the community, including homeless residents at Family Crisis Support Services, Inc. .... NO DANClNG...Jessica's Li-ttie Dance Studio was Weil--representeci, but the extremely cold weather required that the dancers remain well wrapped-up and tucked into their vehicle! CLINCH RIVER CRUISERS...A w-on[erfui collection of vintage automobiles was the entry in the St. Paul Christmas Parade on Saturday. They were preceded - by this banner. Exploding federal deficit is key issue for farmers  With the federal deficit at more than $12 trillion, Farm " Bureau*members leamed they, along with elected officials and all Americans, will have to make some hard choices in the near future. Three members of the Am- erican Farm Bureau Federation Federal Deficit Task Force spoke November 30 at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation 2009 Annual Convention in Rich- mond. They told participants that five major programs already consume the great majority of the federal budget: national de- fense, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and' payments on the debt. "Every American taxpayer already owes nearly $11,000 to the countries we've borrowed" from," said Bob Young, AFBF chief economist, in a video located on the AFBF Web site DeficitTaskForce. fb.org. "That's a total of $37,000 in national debt for every Am- erican." Farmers are concerned about the federal deficit, "because we are small business owners, and we all know how spending more money than what you bring in year after year is not a sustain- able solution," explained Scott Sink, a member of the AFBF task force and president of the Franklin County Farm Bureau. Among the top five expend- itures, the task force has asserted that only national security spending should remain un- touched. Sink said that Sociat Security could be one of the easier problems to fix, if only because reducing benefits or extending the retirement age are considered politically easier to do than other solutions. "You then get into Medicare, Medicaid and health care re- form, which is obviously a big debate in our country right now," Sink said. "The biggest thing is to have a balanced budget. There's no point in spending money that you don't have at a .given time. In Virginia, for instance, we have to operate on a balanced budget. The federal government should have to do that as well." After a year's study and analysis, the AFBF task force made four recommendations: Balance the federal budget, make Social Security self- financing, get a handle on government health care costs, and cut spending as well as consider raising taxes to reduce the deficit. But Sink noted the last recommendation was not made lightly. "Any tax income that is raised needs to go directly to paying down the deficit. We as a task force did not recommend just raising a tax to create a new program. If we do not get this more-than-$12-trillion deficit under control, nothing else will matter." Voting delegates to the Vir- ginia Farm Bureau convention will debate a federal deficit policy, and Sink said he's hoping at least five such recommend- ations make it through to the 2010 AFBF Annual Convention in Seattle in January. "The main thing that Farm Bureau can do with this is take the needed leadership role of telling our government that this cannot continue," he said. "We're mortgaging our future. Our task force was a good mix of young and old members, and they felt it wasn't fair to leave that bill to their children or their grandchildren. "At least half of our debt right now is held by foreign countries. If they called the note, so to speak, just like a banker would, it would leave us in a very tenuous situation. That's one of the reasons it can become a security threat without a shot being fired?' With nearly 150,000 mem- bers in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia's largest farmers' advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organi- zation committed to protecting Virginia's farms and ensuring a safe, fresh, and locally grown food supply. Classified advertising works...call 762-7671 I For Real Pain Therapy... Thera-Gesic" Pain Cream It Really Works...Compare and SAVE. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE IIiSUUli [UlII BIVI$111N If you have knowledge' of insurance fraud, report it. 1-877-62FRAUD www.stampoutfraud.com v CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, December 10, 2009 Page 5 Cooking with Mildred... Rec00,s by Hetb, a Mark Allen Chapman Concert at Rings CHICKEN NUGGET CASSEROLE Chapel Church gets I pkg. frozen chicken nug- Mark Allen Chapman will be 1/3 cup grated parmesan in concert December 12 at 7:00 cheese pm at Rings Chapel Baptist 1 can (26 % oz.)spaghetti Church. The church and pastor sauce would like to invite the public to I cup (4 oz.) shredded this event. Chapman is an mozzarella cheese accomplished gospel singer, from 1 teas. Italian seasoning Chippewa Lake, Ohio and has" Place chicken nuggets in a recorded several CDs. Come and greased baking dish. Sprinkle hear the gospel message in song. with parmesan cheese. Top with December the 13 al at 6:00 pm spaghetti sauce, mozzarella the choir and children will cheese and Italian seasoning. present "An Old Fashioned Cover and bake 350 degrees for Christmas Carol Concert". The 30-35 minutes or until chicken is public is invited to attend this concert also. The church is located on Memorial Drive in Castlewood. For more information, call 276- 762-0396. GED test date The GED Exam will be given Saturday, December 12, at the Education Center, Building C, Wise. Testing will begin at 8 a.m. Registration must be com- pleted no later than two days "6rloT-i0- ?he ex. caqT- kd Whitt at Fry Hall, 1-276-328- 8612 for more information or to register. CVTimes Deadlines: Editorial copy birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday TENbli PORK ROAST-- 1 boneless pork roast (about 3 pounds) 1 can ( 8 oz.) tomato sauce % cup soy sauce cup sugar 2 teaspoons ground mustard Cut roast in half; place in a 5 qt. slow cqoker. Combine re- maining ingredients; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for .8-9 hours or until a meat therm- ometer reads 160-170 degrees. Remove roast to a serving platter and keep warm. If desired, skim fat from pan juices and thicken for gravy. heated tough and cheese is melted. SNICKERS COOKIES 1 tube (18 oz.) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough 24 to 30 bite-size snickers candy bars Cut cookie dough into inch thick slices. Place a candy bar on each slice and wrap dough around it. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown. MACAROON BARs 3 cups flaked coconut, divided 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 teas. almond extract 1 tube crescent rolls Sprinkle 1 cups coconut into a well greased baking dish. Combine milk and extract; drizzle half over the coconut. Unroll crescent dough; arrange in a single layer over coconut. Drizzle with remaining milk mixture. Sprinkle with remain- ing coconut. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30-35 minutes of until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting. NOTICE: Stop for any school bUs loading or unloading children[ IT'S THE LAWI Tri-County Tire Service 16618 East Riverside Dr. St. Paul, VA Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm Sat. 8am-lpm 276-762-9501 276-762-9591 Give the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES the gift that lasts all year long! 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