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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 18, 2014 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. by Ann roune, Gregory A special early Christmas present Reprinted from December 9, 2010 Christmas. shopping was the topic here last week, and the week before that, I discussed some early shop- ping and delivering I had done, and told you about an early Christmas present I'd received. I hadn't expected another early Christmas present--I never like to open things early unleSs there's some special reason, but the present I received this weekend, a very special one, wasn't even anticipated two weeks ago. To understand how very special this unexpected present was to me, you should have a little back- ground. I know that at this point, if you've been with me after nearly 37 years of this, you think you know near= ly everything in the world about me--or at least more than you ever wanted to know in the first place! And, come to think of it, you might even know this, too, since I can't possibly remember all the stuff I've told you about me during all those years. Anyway, I envy a lot of you because you have big families--lots of relatives-- enough to have family reunions and big family get- togethers. Allen has a big family like that, and I've enjoyed that, but my own family is small. My father had only one brother, older than he was, who died some years ago, asdid his wife, my aunt. He had two children who,were, of course, my first cousins. They were both quite a bit older than I am, and both are now gone. One of them had two daughters, but I've pretty much lost touch--they're both married with children, but are scat- tered all over. I have the address of only one of those children, who would be my first cousin, twice removed (my paternal grandmother explained all those compli- cated relationships to me years ago, and I THINK that's right.) My mother had two brothers, both older than she. Although they were all born in Kentucky, they moved to Michigan when my mother, the baby, was only three. That's where Mother and her.brothers grew up.. One of the brothers had no children. The other had two chil- dren, also my first cousins, of course. Both of those uncles and aunts are now gone. When I was a little girl, my father, who taught at the University of Kentucky, took a group of 'graduate students on an extended field trip West every summer, and my m0-ther and I would go to Michigan to visit her brothers, their wives and my two cousins. When that was no longer the summer schedule (we lived in a different place), we visited them all in Michigan occasionally, and they visited us in Kentucky every once in a while. Allen and I went to Michigan to see them all with my parents not too long after we'd been married. When my cousins (one is a couple of year s older than I; the other a few years younger) were grown, one of them married and moved to Cincinnati with her hus- band, and the other one, also married, stayed n Michigan, although in recent years, now that he's retired, he and his wife spend some of each year in Florida. (I remember that they visited Mother and Daddy in Dante shortly after they were married!) The last time I saw my Cincinnati cousin was when all of our children were young--David and Mary Peyton were probably 11 and 9, and her two (David and Mary Beth- -isn't that a coincidence!) were maybe 6 and 4. That's been a while ago! I hadn't seen my Michigan cousin since 1987, when he came tO St. Paul for my mother's funeral. We sometimes, but not often, talk on the phone, and always exchange Christmas cards, but that's about the extent of our contact, although we've always gotten along famously, and have a good relationship. Unforttmately, I don't know their child-ren--Nancy, Susan, Mary, Linda and Carolyn, who are, of course, grown and scattered across the country. Imagine my delight, then, when a phone call here at the office a Couple of weeks ago was from my Michigan cousin, who said he and his wife were headed to Florida before long. They planned a stop in Cincinnati to see his sister, and said they wanted to plan a route which would bring them close enough to us so we could get together. We talked routes and maps--neither of us had a decent map in front of us, so I said I'd look one up and send a good route and meeting place in a day or two. I did just that. He called back early last week, having also secured a good map, and said they were going to be in this area Sunday, December 5, and it looked like they would be close to St Paul--could we meet for lunch some-where. So we arranged to meet in the Wise- Norton area and have lunch together. I set out a compli- cated and silly plan about where to meet, we exchanged cell phone numbers (thank goodness!), and looked for- ward to Sunday. They were going to be here between 12-1. The snow and cold conspired to complicate things a bit, of course! Allen, Peyt and I drove to the appointed meeting place and called them. Turns out they had a later start than they'd thought, so would arrive after 1. That was fine. Then they overshot the turn they were to make, called us, and so it took a little longer than we had orig- inally planned, but a little after 2 p.m., we finally got together--remarkable, given my peculiar directions! We led the way to the restaurant we'd chosen. I was so very glad to see them both! They looked great! First thing I said to my cousin is that he looks a lot like his dad--and he does. We got into the restaurant, were seated--and David, usually late, finally arrived. What a good visit we had! It was as though we had seen each other last week, rather than 23 years ago (and I hadn't seen her in much longer than that!) The snow started again with a vengeance, and they had a long way to go, so our little reunion broke up all too soon. I wouldn't take anything for having had the chance to see them and have that wonderful visit. Even though I love my many friends, many of whom I con- sider family, it was very special to touch base with these dear cousins! I'll treasure that very special afternoon, and will con- sider it one of my best Christmas presents ever! i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiii!iiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiii!ii!i!i!i!i!iiiiiiii!iiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiii!ii! iii!iiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiill !i i iiiiiiiill i i ii N Letter to Editor... To the Editor: This is a letter coacern- ing a kid's pet, a little harmless dog, a little boy's best friend, was house- trained, was shot and killed because someone was angry at the coyotes for killing their cattle. They just wanted to shoot any thing in sight and what I think about that probably Wouldn't be printable. P-l-e-a-s-eeeel A small dog alone, slipped away from home just a few min- utes and didn't get to return to its little master because some ruthless human being shot it. This little boy is still waiting for the return of his buddy, his pal, that slept near him, met him at the door every evening after school, romped and played with him every day, carrying his leash and col- lar and grieving, not know- ing his pet can never return. Whoever you are, I hope you are ashamed of yourself. Anyone so thoughtless, I can see why your cattle would diminish. Maybe you're being pun- ished. You only think of your own feelings. You should have to get this little boy another pet, which can never take the place of the one he lost, but at least it might make us feel you're more of a man than we do right now. Try applying the Golden Rule: Do unto oth- ers as you would have them do unto you. Then maybe God will help keep your cattle safe. Sylvia Kilgore St. Paul LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers are invited to write letter's on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or edi- torial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. To the Editor: Topics of Truth I would like to comment on the November 27 article by Pastor Jessie M. Jones. I always read and enjoy his articles because his Bible teachings and faith is of the old school. I will always consider Hamlin Baptist Church my home church as I was raised on Gravel Lick Road, went to grade school in Hamlin and Casflewood High School Class of 1956. As I read his articles my thoughts go back to the times when a preachers message was from the King James Bible and he did not use any new inter- pertion and new style of music just to fill the sanctu- ry with young folks who will attend but not join or support the church. My Baptist church in Orlando will seat 275 people for Sunday morning service, but less than 100 attend and 35 on Sunday night. But if we add lots of modern music and food it is stand- ing room only. Core mem- bers like myself who have been faithful members for over 30 years take a back seat to youth, music and food. Please keep your article in print just like you have been in the past. Call, don't read or be quite. Good advice. Ed Amburgey Baptist Deacon Orlando Florida Virginians encouraged to review their insurance coverage in preparation for the holiday season When planning for the holiday season, the State Corporation Commission's (SCC) Bureau of Insurance reminds Virginians to check with their insurance agent or company to make sure they have the insur- ance coverage they need in the event of an illness or mishap. With all of its shopping, traveling, ,cooking, deco- rating, and entertaining, the holiday season carries a variety of risks that can impact your insurance cov- erage. "Don't let a lack of insurance Coverage spoil your holidays. Review your insurance coverage before the unexpected hap- pens," said Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jacqueline K. Cunningham. If you are planning a holiday trip, fred out what your health insurance will cover if you get sick and end up in an urgent care facility or hospital while you are out of state. Remember tO take with you on your trip health insurance information for all family members, including identification cards and contact details. During the holidays, use extra caution to keep your home, vehicle, and person- al information safe. Know how much your auto and homeowners insurance will cover if someone steals gifts, decorations, or other items from your vehicle, home, or yard. Make sure you understand any deductibles or coverage limits that may apply. As the New Year approaches, the holidays are a good time to update your home inventory. This will help you ensure your homeowners or renter's policy provides enough coverage for your belong- ings. Separate coverage may be needed for high- cost items such as jewelry, art, or electronics. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners' free smartphone app - myHome - makes creating a home inventory quick and easy. This app is available through iTunes and Google Play. Distracted drivers and severe winter weather can make holiday driving a challenge. Before you go dashing through the snow, make sure your auto insur- ance policy meets your specific needs. Check your liability limits to ensure you have adequate protec- tion against injury or dam- age if you are involved in an accident during the hec- tic holiday rush. Know what to do if an accident occurs. Keep your insur- ance company's contact information and a copy of your insurance card with you when you drive. Check with your insur- ance company or agent to make sure you are ade- quately covered ff you plan to ski, snowboard, use a snowmobile, or plow snow during the winter season. Understand your rights and responsibilities if someone steals your credit card information or other personal information while shopping for holiday gifts online or in stores. For information about a variety of insurance-related topics, contact the Virginia Bureau of Insurance in Richmond at (804) 371- 9741 or toll-free at 1-877- 310-6560 or visit its web- site at www. Additional information also may be found on the InsureU portion of the National Association of Iiasurance Commissioners website at www.insureuon- Pictured with the Governor at the ribbon cutting of Appalachian Biofuels was Virginia Employment Commission Acting Manager Diana Collier and Ann Worley. Congratulations to Amber Jones the November Reading for Rewards winner at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. She received a $25 Shell gift card provided by the Friends of the Library. She will now be eligi- ble to win an Ereader provided by the Friends of the Library. The drawing will be held this" month. Happy birthday Eula Katherine (Tootsie) Sneed and her great-grandson, Trace Trerit, recently celebrated birthdays, Mrs. Sneed on December 10 and Trace on December 9. Trace is the son of Jarrod Trent and Holly Lyttle of St. Paul and the grand- son of Rodney Trent, Susan Trent and Frank Whittington. Give yourself the gift of an education This Christmas season. if you are a Registered Nurse who already has a bachelor's degree, give yourself a gift of knowl- edge and expanded career options by applying early for the fall 2015 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at King University. Whether it is a personal goal, a step toward further- ing one's career or a change in careers, King's Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) MSN degree program is intended to reduce the challenges adult learners face in bal- ancing personal and pro- fessional goals. "The MSN program at King offers an opportunity to assume an advanced role in one's professional nurs- ing career, and in the pre- ferred area of practice spe- cialty- as a nurse practi- tioner, a nurse educator or nurse administrator." says Dr. Rhonda Morgan, DNP, MSN, RN, CCNS, CEN. CNRN, APN, associate dean for Graduate Studies Nursing and associate pro- fessor for the King University School of Nursing. King's MSN program options are set at an accel- erated pace and may be completed in 20-24 months. MSN classes for fall 2015 are available at the Knoxville and Kingsport campuses as well as online. The MSN degree from King University prepares professional nurses for a specialty role in advanced nursing practice, leader- ship in the nursing profes- sion, and future doctoral studies. Students learn the advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to function in increasingly complex care settings. Applications for the early decision deadline are due by Feb. 1, 2015; all other applications for the fall 2015 MSN programs are due no later than May 1, 2015. For further information about applying to King's Master of Science in Nursing program for fall 2015 and available finan- cial aid opportunities, con- tact King University's Office of Admissions at (800) 362-0014, email, or visit Clinch Valley Times IEMBER VIRGINL PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH V,LLEY PUBLISHING CO.. INC. The Cthch Valley Times serves the font-county area of Wise. Russell, Dickenson and Scott. with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Periodicals postage is paid at the ?ost Office in St. Paul, VA 24283 ,Mien Gregory Editor/Adv. Susan Trem Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell Counties: $3000 in other 24-zip-codes: elsewhere $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address chaages to: Clinch Valley Times, EO. Box 817. St. Paul. VA 24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c Classified Advertising: mini- mtma charge $6.00 for up to 20 words, in advance; 25c per Word after 20 words. 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