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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, December 18. 2008 ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory Rea, ty yet? They say we learn from our mistakes. Don't I mortally terrified. However, I overcome'that feelin wi.'sh! "They" also say that those who don't know occasionall when I. insvired bv one m favn,-i . , Y . _ , of __.V ........ mstory are doomedto repeat it..That s very well and Food Network recipes, need a really good knife, and it gooo, except mat t Know the history, but keep on really is amazing how much more efficiently I can do i'epeating it, anyway* what --- J ........... . .., .. . .t neeus to oe none wlm, it than wath a common . It s t.ne season, o.tcourse. The basra reason for the ordmary knife[ And it didn t matter that it came a elet?.ratlon is well m place, and we've enjoyed the little late[ spe lal Advent services and other Christmas acUvmes So even Tillie, wi.'th whom I learned the whole art urcn. Jnose real ceJeorauons ot tStmstmas aren t of Ch(i'stmas shopping when we were eight, hasn't me proolem, got it down pat vet, eitherW It's the secular part of the celebration that I don't I did get Christmas cards addressed some time eem to.be able to get down pat, even though I've ago, but I was late getting my second-ever Christmas oeen at it I0r more years than I'm going to tell you letter for our out-of-town friends finished, so I didn't about. I think that this portion of Christmas, if done in get them all sent until last week. The operative word, the loving and giving spirit of the season, can be as however, is sent (rather than "will send' L so that job me aningfi?.l in our friendships and family relationships is done[ " " as me mum part of Christmas--but it must be done in I had a rather tedious week last week--I w " the same spirit,. It's just when we (like I've done)let to get over a horrible cold, and in spite of n tSfet el]ng it get out of hand that it becomes more burden than on top of my game, I had to manage a much more blessing! ....... than-strenuous schedule. On Friday, thinking about J starteo aolng my own tgtmstmas shopping when the holiday, I realized that Christmas w I was eight--I've told you about that trip, and another two weeks away, and I panicked Reall than one the year after that. My friend Tillie and I, each went back and looked wh :_ __ ed. (! .............. ,otv m space JUSt ,al ea With aoout two aOllars (a tortuRe m about a year ago, and wasn't really surprised to find y v/something) had permission when we left school that I hit pure panic, relative to the state of my in the afternoon to go across the street to the bus stop shopping, at about the same time last yeart) Actually, (rather than go home), each spend a nickel of our some of my shopping--for local and area fi'iends alad long-saved fortunes on bus fare downtown, and then those whose packages must be mailed, was in pretty we spent several absolutely enchanting hours in good shape. The ones who were " Kresge's and Woolworth's, the only stores that held'if I didn't get going, however, gl?tds hy any fascination whatsoever for third-graders. In those family. Oh, I had little odds and ends that I've picked two dime stores, we could find everything we could up over the past few months, but nothing significant. I hope to be able to bestow upon our families and our DID have a little,list which I ve been accumulating, friends as Christmas gifts--and we got back to the bus of things which I ve heard various of them say they stop loaded down with packages, holding candy might like to have, but the list had just sat there. That apples, and each of us still had the nickel which was panic is what prompted the shopping trip Saturda required to get us home! Those were really good old morning--and is what lad m ,- ........ ,, y . . ,~ ............... omputer unaay days alad I remember them--in some detafl--wath afternoon. I spent several hours at a few specific tremenoous alIection, lnternet sites, and managed to find what I needed, Tillie and I still stay in close touch, and I finally plus some other things. Actually, I think that maybe g hhe t C stn at lP eu e:seady, t ma ltggk Ftdana regret yesterday tafternoon in Jkhuary-wh e another special package to the UPS store in Abingdon / toLaral n]ShaaamvvVeto do is hope the thimzs I've nllTthwtYhts hu g ooS t od amc arndn Iqel msruled ordered man .age to get here in time. To get out'of the ........... g ., y .stress-proaucmg part of this whole thing, we made a t n:Yg0helrwneaaYs n inWg hPepp ekw;:tr ane a Uo ' shor[, trip tiffsweek to work on a project that our .... v,- unoay cnool class is doing for Christmas, and Good Hope or to Vladivostok rather than to Lexing- that's always fun and seems to be what the givin vart ton, Kentucky, which is all of 200 miles away. My of the holiday is all abouV " point, however, is that I got this wonderful, and I Let me remind you" that the St Paul United must-say, typical, e-mail back from Tillie, s in e :i Methodist Church will again host "a Community was to .tally un nsplred as far as C hristm shopping/ , Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 25, from oecoraung/coomng were concernea t.sne s almost al- 12 noon until 1:30. Everyone is invited to attend, and ways uninspired when it comes to cooking, and I there is, of course no char e " " , . . , g, nor st necessary to don t think it wall offend her for me to tell you that, bnng anvthin Favors have ,.. even.though she's the same one whose extravagantly everyone who"attends, and photo aphsm r dng th" e and beautifully remodeled kitchen includes a floor . occasion will again be taken for guests to take home. :, c dnera f woodt from Triple Crown wlnn?r .War Please join us--bring family, neighbors, out-of-town :. s oarn.) Anyway, sue went on to say mat sue guests--all will be most welcome "had no idea what she wanted to give to me, and that By the time that day comes, I'll have calmed she'll have it to me by June. I don't think that was down, my packages will have come (or not), they'll meant as a joke, either. I got my 2007 Christmas be fluffed and wrapped, and the holiday itself can be present from her in the spring of 2008--it was a enjoyed forjust what it is! wonderful (and elegant) chef's knife, of which I'm : I really do love Christmas! Letters to the editor e o o ~ Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general ?interest to, the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. To the Editor: I wish to express a heartfelt where you can design and thanks to all who worked and customize your greeting cards were a part of the removal of my and choose the day you want great grandparents Nathan your cardsmailed. Fletcher Blevins and Francis We're here to help you Palmer Blevins from Dominion through the holidays! site to Temple Hill for reburial in Happy holidays, Roberta M. Hammons Postmaster St. Paul To the Editor: Send a Card. Package or Letter to Santa--Your local Post To the Editor: Office will help you through the I noticed about three months Holidays. before the election that all papers It's that time of year again carrying Letters to the Editor was filled up with letters concerning and we're ready to help our customers with their holiday their candidates. Since the mailings. We have free Priority election was over on November Mail and Express Mail packag- 4, it's all been about Christmas, Castlewood. A special thanks goes to Mike Powers at Temple Hill for allowing me to select a proper place for my loved ones. To Cathy Maine and the workers at Dominion for taking me to the old cemetery once more before removal, to the lawyers and judge at Wise Courthouse, for Julia Wright who so graciously supplied me with a picture of my great grandmother and finally to Meghan Cloud of Charlottesville, VA who kept me informed on a daily basis on what to expect at ing supplies, plenty of holiday Santa Claus and parades. With the removal of my ancestors. stamps in stock--Holiday Nut- 92% of the United States having God bless all of you. cracker and Christmas Virgin some form of religion it amazes Mary Ann Blevins Post and Child with the Young John me that no one has wrote any the Baptist by Sandro Botticelli- letters about the one who made -and, as always, we pledgeChristmas all possible. Well, he Wise County excellent customer service, was born from a virgin in From the time you drop your Bethlehem stayed here for 33 Sheriff' s Report mail in a blue collection box or at the Post Office and it makes its way through processing and distribution and is delivered by letter or rural carrier, we make sure your letters and packages get to their destination on time. "In Appalachian, our overnight First-Class Mail delivery perfor- mance is 98 percem. And there's still plenty of time to mail your holiday greet- ings and packages. The Postal Service recommends the follow- ing mail-by dates. i eDec. 16--Parcel Post, the most economical shipping ser- vice eDee. 20--First Class Mail *Dec. 20--Priority Mail eDec. 23--Express Mail We'll also be happy to explain how you can print and pay for shipping labels from your home or office and request ~ee Carrier Pickup. After you get home from shopping, you don't have to go out again to mail your packages--your letter or rural carrier will pick it up on the next day. Check out usps.com for other holiday fea- tures inch,dioo postal-related gift items and the CardStore years healing the sick, opening blinding eyes and even raising the dead. He went about doing nothing but good. Then went to Golgotha Hill and paid a debt he didn't owe, because we made a debt we couldn't pay by dying on the cross he paid that debt. And arose on the third day and ascended back to heaven; and is alive forever more. His name is "Jesus Christ". Since we are now living in the two thousands it's probably not important we talk about more important things like Rudolph and the rest of his reindeers that don't exist. Oh by the way when you send Christmas cards sign them Merry X-mas or Merry Ho/Ho Day, just don't say anything pertaining to Christ and His Birthday and don't worry about how you will make your credit card payment next year. When the credit card companies run out of money our government will bail them out. Through the holidays if you do happen to find time, be sure you help the choir sing "Oh how I love Jesus." Merry Christmas to all Pastor: Jessie M. Jones The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 12/01/2008 through 12/07/2008. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,315 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 391 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total num- ber of Domestic calls for this period was 18. Criminal Process for the same period served 12 Felony Warrants, 56 Misdemean- or Warrants, issued 20 Traffic Summons and worked 4 Traffic Accidents. Civil process for this period served 562 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period J2 additional Criminal Investiga- tions were initiated and 35 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 180 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 1 adult in state, 0 adult out of state, 1 mental patient, and 3 juveniles for a total of 5 transports, involving 39 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 2 vehicles and escorted 4 funerals during this seven-day period. l Capxtol Commentary by Congressman Rick Boucher TEST YOUR PREPAREDNESS FOR THE DTV TRANSITION i iii On February 17, 2009, the verter box and it is not working,:- nation will undergo a change in an antenna adjustment or a new~: the way television broadcasting antenna may be necessary, It if~ is transmitted over the air. On also important to note that digital that day, television stations will stations may be on different,~" terminate broadcasting analog channel numbers than analo~ signals, which are the current stations. In view of the fact that;" predominant method of transmit- antenna adjustments and ring television signals through- antenna installations may take i out the United States. Thereafter, some time, it's a good idea to':~ the new method of television address transition needs now:~ broadcasting signals will be rather than waiting until the last;~I ! digital (DTV). The DTV Trans- minute. ::, ~! ition will provide television Television stations across the," viewers with clearer pictures and region are airing several tests!:i more program choices and will during which you may learn if free up major portions of the your television will work afte#; airwaves for public safety corn- the DTV Transition Virginia,~ munications such as police, fire broadcasters will cease trans->; and rescue, and for new broad- mitring their analog signals for~ band wireless services. With~ five minutes on several duress': February 17, 2009 only a few during the next two months :i months away, I am encouraging During these tests, broadcastem~: all Southwest Virginians to test will stop their regularly schedu~; their preparedness for the DTV uled analog programming and~ Transition now. will broadcast a messagei: If your television is con- providing information about the i nected to cable or satellite, your DTV Transition. These tests will service provider will make sure be apparent to over-the-ai~:~ that your television set receives a television viewers only, and ifZ v!ewable ~mage after the trans- programming is interrupted dur~..~ mon. ~t you watcla television ing these times, you might need over-the-air, you might need a to take steps to prepare your converter box or a new antenna television to receive a digital to continue receiving a signal signal. Tests on Virginia station~! after the DTV transition. If you are schedules on the followin~ have a digital television set and dates: watch television over-the-air, Wednesday, December your television is capable of17 during the 6:00-6:30 PM receiving a digital signal. If you newscast. watch television with an analog * Tuesday Janu~,~ 6 TVbStet 7ards geotrYOur signal by during the ~6:30-7:00~ AI~" an outdoor newscast. , antenna, you will need a digital . Thursday, January l~t to analog converter box. Finally, during the 6:00-6:30 PI~ if you watch television over-the- newscast. air on a digital or analog set, you * Wednesday, Januarv 2 [ may need to attach a new duringthell:00"-ll:30ne'ws~ antenna or adjust your present cast. antenna to continue receiving Additionally, all TV station[ signal after the DTV transition, are currently transmitting botl[I The federal government has analog and digital signals, pro~ a program to help pay for the viding an immediate opportunit~ converter boxes. They are avail- for determining if your preserff able for sale in retail electronics equipment configuration will b, products stores and cost between adequate to receiving digit~ $50 and $70. All U.S. house- transmission or will requir~l holds may receive up to two $40 some adjustment, | coupons to go toward the pur- For additional information[ chase of up to two digital-to- about the DTV Transition an[ analog converter boxes. To what you may need to do t~ request a coupon or for further prepare for it, visit the Feder information on the coupons, Communications Commission'~ consumers can apply online at website http://www.dtv.gov/ 0~ www.dtv2009.org or call the 24 call 1-888-225-5322. You car~ hour hotline at 1-888-DTV- also request additional infor~ 2009. It is important to note that marion about the DTV transitio~ the converter box coupons by visiting my websit~ expire 90 days from the date http://www.boucher.house/gov/ they are sent to you. or by calling my Abingdon If you connect your con-office at276-628-1145. :~ Farm Bureau safety alert: holiday decorating I -Take Precautions And Reduce The Risk of Fire- Nobody doubts the wonder and amazement of the holiday season. The festive nature of getting a tree and decorating your house in the yuletide spirit buoys even the most Grinch-like adults. For many~ the spirit takes on a child-like quality. Unfor- tunately, that same spirit causes people to forget to take pre- cautions against accidents that can ruin even the most festive occasion. "Two of every three home fires started by Christmas trees and decorations are the result of electrical problems or a tree being put up too close to a heat source," says Jimmy Maass, safety coordinator at Farm Bur- eau Insurance. "There are a handful of basic safety measures home owners can take to sign- ificantly help reduce the risk of a fire during the festive holiday season." Maass' tips begin with the simple step of making sure your tree is properly watered. Dehy- drated trees with brown needles and dry limbs are a tremendous fire hazard. Home owners should check the water level in the tree stand every evening and re--fi-H-ff. Other basic-tips: Don't place your tree too close to a heat source. In addition to sparks from a fire- place that may easily ignite a tree, the pure heat will dry out the tree. Make sure a tree is at least three feet from a heat source. Inspect your holiday lights thoroughly before putting them on the tree or around the house. Check for bare spots, frayed wires, and any extended wear that may cause a short or start a'fire. Don't overload a wall socket and never plug more than three strands of lights into any socket. Use extension cords wherever possible to cut down on load. Don't leave lights unattended, and unplug them every night before bed. Unplug extension cords when not in use. Roll up excess elect- rical cords and keep them away from high traffic areas. If you have children in your home, use safety caps on all electrical receptacles. If you are using an artificial tree, make sure it is nonflammable or fire-retardant. Avoid using candles and never use them near a tree. Never leave the house with a burning candle. Never use indoor light- ing for outdoor decorations. Check for red or green UL marks on all light strings and extension cords. The green holographic UL Mark means the light strings should be used only indoors. The red holographic UL Mark indicates the light strings can be used both inside and out. If you decorate outside the home, make sure you place a ladder on even, level ground and make sure all locks are engaged. Don't place the ladder anywhere near power lines. Always wear slip-re- sistant shoes when climbing a ladder. Finally, says, Maass, "You should always make sure your: house is completely outfitted~ with fh'e alarms and exting-' uishers, and make sure everyone.. knows how to use them. You: should also create an escape plan for your family, and review and.: practice it in case the worst Occurs." ~ Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, V A 24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Gregory Advertising Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other 24- zip codes; elsewhere, $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Clinch Valley Times, P.O. 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