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---" Pagi 4 r I~L]NC~'I V'ALLEY TIMES, St.' Paul, VA, Thursday, December ! 7. 2009 Appalachian Strings at Think fire safety this holiday season by Judy Comoletti a short period of time. If you're at least three feet away from any Division Manager of Publicsimmering, boiling, baking or heat source, like fireplaces, Education for the Nationalroasting food, check it regularly space heaters, radiators, candles Fire Protection Association and use a timer to remind you and heat vents or lights. For most of us, the holidays that you're cooking. Create a • Make sure the tree is Cabin represent a treasured time of "kid-free zone" of at least three not blocking an exit. The Country Cabin, located year, and we work hard to" make feet around the stove and areas • Use lights that have the i+i! I in Norton on The Crooked Road it special for the people we care where hot food and drinks are label of an independent testing .2- Music Trail will feature about most. We decorate ourprepared or carried, laboratory, and make sure you Appalachian Strings on Saturday, homes with great thought and Candles: Candles are widely know whether they are designed =; I December 19. Admission for the detail, and entertain friends and used throughout the holidays for indoor or outdoor use. night is $5 for adults (12 and family, by hosting parties and and December isthe peakmonth • Replace any string of over) and $1 for children 2-tl. cooking elaborate meals and for home candle fires. More than lights with worn or broken '++-- Each Saturday night, from treats. But as we do these things, half of all candle fires start be- cords, or loose bulb connections. i 7:30 pm to 10:30 pro, live fire safety is rarely a thought. It cause the candle was too close to Connect no more than three !j bluegrass music from the best in may seem that the holidays and things that could catch fire. Con- strands of mini-string sets and a i_- local bands is featured. Dancing home fires are two completely sider using flameless candles, maximum of 50 bulbs for screw- includes clogging, two-step, flee- different topics, but they're not; which look and smell like real in bulbs. style, broom dances and cake national statistics show that the candles. However, if you do use • Never use lit candles to walks, holiday season turns sorrowful, traditional candles, keep them at decorate the tree. . Local musicians are welcome and sometimes even fatal for so least 12 inches away from any- • Always turn off Christ- to play halftime breaks, many households each year as thing that can burn, and mas tree lights before leaving " " ft The Country Cabin is located the result of home fires. Cook- remember to blow them out the home or going to bed. i one and one-half miles west of ing, Christmas trees, candles and when you leave the room or o • After Christmas et rid g ,g Norton (between Norton and holidays lights- all key parts of to bed. Use candle holders that of the tree. Dried-out trees are a Appalachia). Watch for signs, the holiday season- are sign•- are sturdy, won t tip over and are fire hazard and should not be left Events at the Country Cabinficant causes of fires that occur placed on uncluttered surfaces, in the home or garage, or placed are sponsored by Appalachian this time of year. • Avoid using candles in theoutside the home. " Traditions, Inc., a non-profit While it's quite a somber bedroom where twooffiveU.S. • Think green, Check to | organization. No alcoholis perspective on the holiday sea- candle fires begin or other areas see if your community has a permitted, son, the good news is that it where people may fall asleep. Christmas tree recycling pro- For more information, call doesn't have to be this way. Lastly, never leave a small child gram. 276-679-3541. " With just one or two minoralone in a room with a burning • Bring outdoor electrical Jam sessions are held each changes, often taking a few candle, lights inside after the holidays to • by Morgan Tare, Brittany Milgrim, Crystal Woolford & Rebecca Smith Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Free minutes, or even seconds, ofChristmas trees: U.S. fire prevent hazards and make them admission. All musicians and time, the holidays can stay departments annually respond to last longer. spectators welcome, festive and safe for everybody. 250 structure fires caused by The holidays are a truly It's important for people to take Christmas trees. Nearly half of special time of year. Following Grower's School basic but vital fire safety pre- them are caused by electrical these fire safety precautions and cautions as they plan and pre- problems, and one in fourmeasures will ensure it remains pare for the upcoming holiday resulted from a heat source that's one. For more tips, advice and 1 tu "ec" -res season. These simple steps can too close to the tree. Here are information about holiday fire series of greatly reduce the risk of some guidelines for picking, safety, please visit possible fire and its potentially placing and lighting a tree: devastating impact on homes • If you have an artificial NFPA has been a worldwide Dr. R. Allen Straw, Area and families, tree, be sure it s labeled, certi- leader in providing fire, electri- Vegetable Extension Specialist, Cooking: NFPA statisticsfled or identified by the manu- cal, building, and life safety to will present a series of lectures show that unattended cooking is facturer as fire-retardant, the public since 1896. The on various crops and aspects of the leading cause of U.S. home • If you choose a fresh mission of the international growing during January, Feb- fires and home fire injuries. Stay tree, make sure the green nonprofit organization is to ruary and March. The sessions in the kitchen while you're needles don't fall off when reduce the worldwide burden of are open to anyone who is in- frying, grilling or broiling food. touched; before placing it in the fire and other hazards on the terested in gardening, commer, Most cooking fires involve the stand, cut 1-2 inches from the quality of life by providing and cial growing, .or interested in stovetop, so keep anything that base of the trunk. Add water to advocating consensus codes and how their food is producted, can catch fire away from it, and the tree stand, and be sure to standards, research, training and The dates and titles of the turn off the stove when you water it daily, education. Visit NFPA s Web site sessions, all of which will be leave the kitchen, even if it's for • Make sure your tree is at held at the Tacoma Community Center, include: January 25-- " "al C " " ly , ,ga.on. Fo..+ation ,as- Sunset Digit ommunlcatlons puts near two tic Culture; February 1--Toma-. . . toes & Peppers; February 8-- mllhon dollars back into local economy Cucurbits: Melons, Cucumbers, Squash; February 15--Brassicas: -Provides an additional $228,000 to LENO WISCO- Turnips, Cabbaghe, Broccoli; Despite news of a failing Planning District Commission. sion in investing tobacco settle- February 22--Corn, Beans &economy nationwide, one South- This year Sunset's payroll ment dollars into broadband Potatoes; March 1--Strawber- west Virginia company is doing reached over $1M dollars for its technology in Southwest Virgi- ries, Bluegerries & Brambles; its part to invest millions ot 32 employees. CEO Paul Els- nia. i and March 8--Snow Day/ Ad-dollars into the region and gen- wick estimates that secondary Who would have thought ditional Session if Needed. erate profit for its governmental purchases by the company that a Tier 1 data center and These workshops are free and partner. Sunset Digital Com- pumped an additional $800,000 other thriving tech businesses ll ?YCi 3 nm!thtt a; o dre!:i ! aS Owwe OXTu/i!ai ! open to the public. Pre-registra-munications announces that in into the local economy, would be located hererin South- i we shoop so that adequate seating nearly two million dollars in customers for their trust and Wampler, (R-40th District). This tion is preferred for each work- 2009, the company invested "We want to thank our west Virginia," says William '." Learning Center School started missions offering by the students ,, on Thursday, August 20. The and staff during Chapel. We had and handouts will be available, payroll, purchases and payments investment in us, says Paul public/private partnership is a Pre-register by calling the Wise in the region. Additionally, the Elswick, President of Sunset classic example of how govern- first day of school was_i very .... Thanksgiving dinner on Novem- County Extension Office, 276- company paid more than Digital Communications. "This ment and a privately-owned 7 ...... exciting for: both studentsber 20 for students. A special 328-6194. $228,000 to LENOWISCO is money that could have gone to small business can be a winning ,-+ staff. The school began parti, Thanksgiving Chapel service " companies outside our region combination for all." cipating in Food City School was held that day and each class f had customers not chosen a local Those in the broadband in- Bucks, Box Tops for Education, put on a special presentation, company to provide their Inter- dustry are taking notice of Sun- and Labels for Education this School was closed November year. We have atable set up in 25-November 27 to celebrate the ขe'O4 andnet service. By choosing Sunsetclariti Media (who provides well.setDigital Communications asBoth Paul and Ryan the entry of the school forThanksgiving holiday. December residential Interuet service to-Elswick, President of Clariti DEC 8 ~ DEC 24 • 2009 parents to drop off their Box has been a busy month so far. Tops and Labels. The students We took a field trip to the Barter Theatre on December 2 to see Frosty. The students really enjoyed the production. Our Christmas play, entitled The Message of the Gift Wrapped Angel, will be on Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. Our and Parent Teacher Conferences• second nine weeks ends enjoyed a field trip to Kim's v Krazy Corn Maze on October ::+ 19. It was a lot of fun. Our first • nine weeks ended on October 23 and report cards were sent home. Also, we have had two Parent Teacher Fellowship meetings in, ede ya/g n, much of Lee and Wise Coun- Media, were speakers at the ties), customers are keeping their Fiber to the Home National hard earned money here at Conference in Texas this Sept- home." ember. Sunset has also been On Monday, during LENd- featured in articles in both the WISCO's bi-monthly meeting, it Tri Cities Business Journal and was announced that Sunset Dig- Virginia Business Magazine for ital Communications had given the company's positive econo- , Jqt,/0 /, LENOWISCO $228,000 for mic impact on the region. 2009. The money is part of an • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • so far. In November, we parti- December 18 which is also the a reement between LENOWIS- cipated in Operation Christmas beginning of our Christmas ,._].]c7/ข CO and Sunset based on a • Child. The students really en- Break, 1 /7]] I partnership to bring Fiber Optice Ci e aCity .... C06e - COol.t, (:J/. Broadband to Southwest Virgin- • , Y • [ +- ia. LENOWISCO is the govern- • Woman Decorates Three City Blocks / a. ment authorized economic dev- • ' [ After Using Thera-Gesieฎ [ + ' -- elopment organization for Lee, •• • it&die iI a/cqt/.zt. I;c, ,ff a/:e, =,C fe( g ,z,:/Mede/me