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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, December 13, 2012 Final Craft Chat Virginia Historical Society Slave Name luncheon of 2012 Database wins award -Free Online Resource Honored as Innovative Tool for Promoting Archival Materials- At the Mid-Atlantic Regional .... Archives Conference (MARAC) meeting in Richmond October 25-27, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) was recognized for Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names. The conference's Arline Custer Memorial Award Com- : f mittee presented the VHS with the 2012 C. Herbert Finch On- ~;j line Publication Award, which included a $250 gift, for its work on the slave name database. "Such recognition from our peers is particularly gratifying when many other institutions and organizations are developing useful and innovative tools for online researchers as well, against which the Unknown No Longer database has now been successfully measured," E. Lee Shepard, VHS vice president for collections and Sallie and William B. Thalhimer III Senior Archivist, said. In September 2011, the VHS launched Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names with more than 1,500 names of enslaved African Am- ericans gleaned from manu- scripts in the society's toilet- : tion. The free online resource : currently includes more than - 10,0000 names and 1,400+ digital images of documents from which the information was " extracted. As much information " as is available---name, gender, age, occupation, relatives, and plantation location--is added to AMBROTYPE of an unidentified African American the database. The creation of Unknown No woman taken during the second half of the 19th at Heartwood Craft Chat is a lunch-and- learn event providing artisans and the interested community to discuss best business practices and trends in crafts. It is also an opportunity for creative entre- preneurs to network, get com- mumty news updates and have fun. Craft Chat is a 'Round the Mountain event. The final Craft Chat lunch- eon of 2012 will take place on December 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The site will be the restaurant at Heartwood: South- west Virginia's Artisan Gateway, One Heartwood Circle, Abing- don, VA. Reserve your spot at the table by December 14 by Con- tacting Neva Bryan at 276-492- 2403 or at Pre-registration is required. This is a BYOL (Buy Your Own Lunch) event. 'Round the Mountain will draw for a door prize for one attendee. Craft Chat is made possible, in part, through support from a Virginia Highlands Small Busi- ness Development Center Jobs Act Program Grant, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Com- mission. 'Round the Mountain's mis- sion is to promote sustainable economic development of the region's communities by assisting local artisans with " Longer was made possible by a century. She is wearing a plaid dress over a corset marketing, educational and i $100,000 grant from Dominion with a white lace collar. She also wears a pair of entrepreneurial opportunities. Resources, awarded to the VHS earrings and a ring on the index finger of her right The 'Round the Mountain in January 2011. VHS archivists review material in the society's hand. This is a signature image from the Unknown No service area includes Bland, collection and add names and Longer slave name database. She is representative of Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, , documents to the keyword- the thousands of unknown African Americans in the Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, : searchable database every week. VHS collection. (Courtesy Virginia Historical Society) MARAC, created in 1972, is a volunteer, regional consortium of archivists who live and work '; in the District of Columbia, De- : laware, Maryland, New Jersey, :' New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. - The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award honors online publications, including virtual exhibitions, websites, and web : pages, devoted to the promotion and use of archival materials that -" were created by individuals or- institutions in the MARAC region. The annual award was established in 2006 to honor C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Comell University Libraries, who passed away in April 2005. "We have been particularly encouraged by the public's response to this new research tool," said VHS President and CEO Dr. Paul Levengood. "With comments such as 'a fantastic impressed I am with this website,' and 'I've sat here and cried reading these letters, bill of sale, etc. Thank you for this site because these beautiful individ- uals will never be forgotten!' it IS a reminder about how import- ant it is for African American ,resources in the VHS collection to be available to researchers across the globe free of charge. resource for people looking to We are eternally grateful to find some evidence of their Dominion for helping us make roots,' 'just wanted to say how that happen.' Virginia's Electric Cooperatives support 'Growing Trees for Kids' Initiative Virginia's customer-owned electric cooperatives and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), the power supplier to 11 member cooperatives, are ag- ain providing financial support to a statewide program that pro- vides tree seedlings for young people to plant. The program, "Growing Kids and Trees for Virginia's Forests," is offered through a partnership between the Virginia Cooperative Exten- sion Service, the Virginia De- partment of Forestry and the Vir- ginia Forestry Education Found- ation. backyards. The project is pri- marily conducted through 4-H programming, a function of Virginia Cooperative Extension, an outreach arm of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University available in 107 counties and cities across the Commonwealth. Earlier this year, 22,500 trees of various species were planted by Virginia's youth. "This is a lot more trees than we could plant last year because of the seven principles under which all cooperatives operate: to educate their consumers, and to serve their communities. "Cooperatives are committed to helping improve people's lives, the same way cooperatives brought electricity to farms and improved life for rural Ameri- cans in the first half of the 20th century," said Richard Johnston, executive vice president of the Virginia, Maryland and Dela- of the help from Virginia's ele- ware Association of Electric Co- ctric o-ops when costs increa- operatives (VMDAEC), which sed," said Adam K. Downing, publishes Cooperative Living forestry and natural resources magazine for nearly 500,000 Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe counties, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton and Radford. Have a used car? Donate your used vehicle to the National Kidney Foundation serving Virginia's Kidney Cars program and you can join the fight against kidney disease. Your vehicle donation will support the many prevention programs and: direct patient services offered throughout Virginia that are en- hancing the lives of people with, and at risk for, kidney disease. In addition, your contribution can earn you a tax deduction. The National Kidney Foundation will pick up any used vehicle, motor- cycle or boat--in almost any condition--fr0m any roadside or parking lot free of charge. Call 800-488-CARS or visit www.kidnevcars.or~. Coffee Time at Library Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all area senior by Karen Gent Southwest Regional Adult Education is now offering the KeyTrain curriculum m its classes. KeyTrain is a com- prehensive curriculum used to improve the skills associated with the ACT WorkKeys job skills assessment system. By using KeyTrain, one can assess his or her potential WorkKeys score, review topics in each WorkKeys skill, and practice problems similar to those on an actual WorkKeys assessment. The WorkKeys assessment program is recognized by em- ployers, and education entities nationwide. A Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) can be earned by taking three WorkKeys assessments- Applied Mathema- tics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. The WorkKeys scores will deter- mine what level of CRC is earned- bronze, silver, or gold. The CRC validates that an individual has certain skills that are important across a range of jobs. WorkKeys assessments are standardized and are admini- stered in secure, monitored testing environments to ensure the validity of testing results. KeyTrain Is a computer- based training program which is designed specifically for the WorkKeys system. All of the skills measured in the Work- Keys assessments are covered in KeyTrain. Each course of the KeyTrain program includes lessons tail- ored for each WorkKeys skill level. Lessons are comprised of several topics for review and practice in the concepts corr- esponding to that level of the WorkKeys skill. KeyTrain Re- ading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating In- 0 . J t formation courses are organized by lesson and related topics. Applied Mathematics is skill in applying mathematical reasoning and problem-solving techniques to work-related pro- blems. Solving mathematical problems in the workplace can differ from solving problems in the classroom. It is ~mportant that mathematical skills are strengthened and that problem- solving strategies are developed in order to tackle new situations !nvolving mathematic problems in the workplace. Reading for Information is skill in reading and under- standing work-related instmct- tions and policies. Such material, known as procedural text, differs from explanatory and narrative text onwhich most reading programs are based. Employees need these skills when they encounter job- related reading tasks. Locating Information is skill in dealing with workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, dia- grams, floor plans, maps, and instrument gauges. Workers use this skill when they find in- formation in a graphic or add information to a graphic. They also use it when they compare, summarize, and analyze infor- mation, making this a critical workplace skill. If you didn't complete high school, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 889-5424, or call toll-free at 1- 866-581-9935. Prepare to earn a GED certificate while im- proving your skills for today's workplace. GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license. AIRLINE a Real Virginia-Grown Tree! A Real Tree Experience grown and sold by the Wrglnla Christmas Tree Growers Association makes Christmas come alive/ A Real Virginia Christmas Tree connects grown-ups with cherished traditions of Christmas past '4~f'~ and creates ioy for children that lives on into Christmas future. Use the webslte to flnd your treel Virlgi nia ChrL~tmas Tree Growers &~adon Av~ol msm~n o~ al~nr:l==~lrCl , ;" BEGIN HERE Become an Aviation Maintenance Tech. FAA approved training. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available. Job placement assistance. SCHEV certified. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-245-9553 Since 2007, this program has extension agent for the Virginia customer-owners of Virginia citizens. Seniors are invited to -- - -- helped children across the Com- Cooperative Extension Service's electric co-ops. "By supporting stop by the library from 10:00 monwealth gain a heightened Northern District. In supporting programs like Growing Kids and a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and have a cup awareness of their natural en- the Growing Kids and TreesTrees, cooperatives continue to of coffee, tea, cider, or hot vironment as they plant thou- program, Virginia's 13 local help sow the seeds of a better sands of hardwood tree seed- electric cooperatives and power life for future generations," he chocolate and light refreshments. Job placement assistance Computer available iings in schoolyards, parks and supplier ODEC are fulfilling two added. Farm Transition and Liability Workshop financing, business entities and agreements, farm liability, and risk management. Lunch is spon- sored by Farm Credit of the Vir- ginians and break refreshments will be sponsored by Farm Bureau of Smyth County. Pre-registration is required by December 10th tO attend this workshop as space is limited. The workshop is free and open to the public due to grant support from VD.ACS, which was gen- erated by revenue from the Vir- ginia Agriculture license plate. To pre-register, please contact either the Wise County Exten- sion Office at (276) 328-6194; Visit with your friends, talk about the news going on in the area, read the local newspapers or browse through our magazine selections. Make plans to come by the library each Wednesday for coffee and conversation. For more information contact the library at 276-762-9702. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized. 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