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1 ! Voi. LV, No. 51 Ii ii Clinch Valley Times " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' ' Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia Vir.inia PRESS Association 50 cents More grant funds to boost Willis Building renovation RIBBON CUTTING...Attending the Ribbon Cutting of Briar Wood Primitives on Saturday, December 14, are (left to right) Councilman Greg Bailey, Kathy Mays, Russell County Chamber, Linda Marshall, Russell County Chamber, Brogan Jessee owner, Travis Jessee, Mayor Kyle Fletcher and Santa Claus!! Briar Wood is .:located at 16625 Russell Street in St. Paul. WINNER m The 2013 Business Window Decorating Contest was judged on Saturday, December 7. Winning first place and a $50.00 prize was Big M Stores with two windows decorated. See Page 2 for a look at the other winners. Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENTARY PTA- 3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth ::IVlondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN .OUN CII-Third ,Vlondays, 6 pm, Town " CASTLEWOOD "W & s A - T h e astlewood Water & i?-Sewage Authority ' Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens ffice, Claypool Hill. , Free. " NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- ,, -.Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated i.meetings will be held the third Saturday of ach month. The chool of Instruction ',will be held on fourth .ursdays at 7. , ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second !Thursdays, 7:30 pm, tated Communication; irst Thursday, 7 pm ;chool of Instruction. >*- VFW POST #8652, 'DAV CHAPTER 12- ?4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. i NEIGHBORS  AID-Thursdays, 9:30 iio 12. St. Therese's !Neighbors Aid I Building, new & used ii clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- Illl!l]!!))![l![l[lll VISORS-FirstMonday, Memorial Library, St. Agency for Senior 6 pm, Lebanon. Paul, are 8:30arrv5pm Citizens recognizes CLINCHFIELD Mondays and Fridays; persons in Russell, LODGE #256-Stated and llam-7:30pm Dickenson, Buchanan Communication, 1st Tuesdays and and "i'azewell counties Saturdays, 7:30; School Thursdays, Wed. who are 100 years old of Instruction third 9:30am-6pm and Sat or older. Call Dana Thursdays, 7 pm lpm-5pm. Sunday Collins, 1-800-656- R E C O V E R Y Closed. 2272, to advise AASC GROUP-The Wise D I C K E N S O N- of any upcoming 100th County Mental Health B U N D Y- T he birthday. Center conducts a Dickenson-Bundy Log SCHOOL POLI- recovery group for sub- House is open weekly CIES-The Wise County stance abusers and Thursdays through School Board main- families Fridays at 10 Saturdays, 10-3, and rains a Policy Manual am Call 276-679-0810. Sundays 12-4 pm. which is available to ACOA MEETING- SOCIAL SECURI- the public in the library Adult Children of TY-The Wise Social of each school and in Alcoholics meet Security Office is open each county public Mondays, 7 pm, First Mondays-Fridays from library. Copies of the Baptist Church, 9am-4pm. Phone num- Russell County School Coeburn. Call 762- bers are 1-800-772- Board Policy Manual 0016, 276-395-6588 or 1213 or 276-679-7633. have been placed in the 276-679-7371. L I B R A R Y office and thelibrary of LITTLE LEAGUE- FRIENDS-Friends of each school, and at the The Clinch River Little the J. Fred Matthews Russell County Public League Board meet at 4 Memorial Library, St. Library. pm third Sundays at the Paul meet at the S U P P O R T UMWA Building in Library on first GROUP-Women sur- Castlewood. All inter- Thursdays at 4 pm. vivors of sexual assault ested persons are invit- VFW POST 9864- are invited to attend ed to attend. VFW Post 9864, Clinch Valley H.O.P.E. HOUSE- Lebanon, welcomes Communication H.O.P.E. House pro- new members. If you Action, Inc./Family vides emergency shel- served overseas during Crisis Services' sup- ter for victims of any war, write VFW port group meeting domestic violence in Post 9864, P.O. Box with victims of similar 'Wise, Russell, 1419, Lebanon, VA situations Mondays, Dickenson, Lee, Scott 24266 and send name, 10:30 am-12 noon. For and Buchanan counties address and phone information call Rande and the City of Norton. number. Transfers wd- Hackler, 276-988-5583 Volunteers needed- coined, or Ranetta Davis, 276- training available. Call HEALTH SER- 889-8206. 1-800-572-2278. VICES-The Wise FREE ADULT ED- SENIOR CITI- County Health Free adult education ZENS-The Castle- Department, Wise, is classes are available in wood Senior Citizens open from 8am-8pm Lee, Scott and Wise meet at 10 am first Thursdays. Clinics counties and the City of Wednesdays at the will be offered in fami- Norton. Daytime and Castlewood Lions Den. ly planning, pediatrics, evening classes for Anyone 60 or over is school and adult physi- adults who want to invited, cals, WIC, Paps and improve their basic The Dante Senior i m m u n i z a t i o n s. skills. Instructors also Citizens meet each Appointments are nec- assist adults with job- Monday and Tuesday essary for all but immu- related skills including at 10 am at the Dante nizations. For an resume, writing and Fire Department. appointment, call 762- interviewing. For Russell County resi- 328-8000. details, call 1-800-422- dents 60 or older are F A C I L I T I E S 3433 or 276-386-2433. invited. AVAILABLE-The TRANSPoRTA- RUSSELL CO. Tacoma Community T I O N - T h e LIBRARY-Hours at the Center is available for Appalachian Agency Russell County Public reunions, birthdays and for Senior Citizens pro- Library, Lebanon, are showers. All proceeds vides disability trans- M/TuAV/F 10am- rehabilitate the Tacoma portation services in 5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; School as a Buchanan, Dickenson, Sa 10am-2pm. Sunday Community Center. For Russell and Tazewell Closed. information, call 395- counties to individuals M A T T H E W S 6398. with disabilities, LIBRARY-Hours at 100TH BIRTH- regardless of age. Call the J. Fred Matthews DAY-Appalachian 1-888-656-2272. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 At the monthly Town Council meeting, Mayor Fletcher announced that the Town of St. Paul has received a $600,000 Industrial Revitalization Grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development. This money will be combined with the $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission that was announced last week. The combined 1.1 mil- lion dollars will be used to begin the renovation of the Willis Building located in downtown St. Paul. On a 4-0 vote, the Town Council approved an ordinance establishing a Tourism Zone in the commercial and industrial sections of town. Councilman Kilgore and Councilman Bailey abstained. This ordinance will allo W the Town to offer incentives and provide certain regulatory flexibil- ity within the designated tourism zone. The purpose of the Tourism Zone Ordinance is to promote the heritage of St. Paul and encourage economic development within these business dis- tricts. A Resolution Establishing an Auxiliary Police Force was unani- mously adopted by the Town Council. The action authorizes the Chief of Police to establish an auxiliary police force according to the guidelines of the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Chief Phillips said this will help the police depart- ment with manpower shortages, particularly during town events. There will be no more than four auxiliary officers and they will serve strictly as vol- unteers, and selected by application. IN OTHER BUSINESS In other business, the Town Council approved a lease agreement with the Wise County School Board which will allow the town to use Bowman Field and Football Field House. This agreement will allow the Town of St. Paul to use the football field for sporting events, festivals, concerts, and other activi- ties during after school hours, on weekends, and during the summer months when school is not in ses- sion. St. Paul Elementary School principal asked the Town Council to consider assisting the elementary school with the purchase of a new electronic sign. The students have raised $3500, the APT donated $1,000, the St. Paul Alumni Association has donated $2,500. The Town Council voted unanimously . to donate the $1500 balance needed to purchase the sign. i Following a closed ses- sion to discuss personnel, the Town Council unani- mously approved raises for two police officers and established a new position of Captain within the police department. Terri Ann Funk thanked the Town Council for their continued support. It was announced that Clinch River Adventures won second place in the Entrepreneurial Challenge coordinated by the Virginia Tourism Association, DHCD, UVAWise, the Clinch River Valley Initiative, the Town of Haysi, Town of St. Paul, and Town of Big Stone Gap. Clinch River Adventures won a prize of $5,000 to be invested into the business. The Mayor and all Council Members were present, as well as the Town Attorney, Town Treasurer, Chief of Police, and Public Works Director. 1949 Christmas event at the Clinchfield Inn. The photo was taken by John Fizzy, Jr. Santa comes to Dante '48 BY JERRY COUCH This week's article was to have contin- ued last week's discussion of Bickley Mills. But then I happened to look at the calendar and realized Christmas 2013 will have come and gone before many of you receive next week's edition of the Clinch Valley Times. the spirit of Christmas, this week I'm sharing a tran- scription of a special newspaper article from 1948. Though the article has no by- line, it may have been written by Charles Gordon. He served as a community cor- respondent to the Herald Courier and other newspapers from time to time. Included With this article is a wonder- ful photo of the 1949 Christmas event at the Clinchfield Inn. The photo was taken by John Fizzy, Jr. Were you in Dante on December 24, 1948 for the Christmas program described in the newspaper article? Or were you one of the excited children pictured in the 1949 photo? Either way, you probably carry a bright mental image of a very spe- cial event as you stood surrounded by family members, friends, and neighbors. If you were there, close your eyes and remember the excitement and anticipation of that wonderful, long-ago day. If not, then close your eyes and remember the happiest Christmas you ever had. And if that memory brings a tear or two, don't be embarrassed. All of us who have reached a certain age would give just about any- thing to once again feel that "touch of a vanished hand." I know I would. It's a wonderful feeling to be surround- ed by people you love. It's a wonderful feeling to stand in the places where your parents or grandparents once stood. It's a wonderful feeling to have the support of an entire community during your grow- ing-up years. That's what made us who we are. That's what we miss and try to recreate. That security is what we wish for everyone. There are many people who have an abundance of material things. But their lives are so constructed that they are oh, so lacking in simple blessings. the words of Charles Dickens' character, Tiny Tim, "God bless us, every one." CLINCHFIELD INN SCENE OF YULE "TREATS" SPECIAL TO THE HERALD COURIER DANTE, VA., December 30, 1948 - Carols and colored lights against a back- ground of traditional snow, a large crowd that did not mind the cold, a real Santa Claus, and 2,200 "treats" put into the hands of eager youngsters made up the celebration of Dante's second community Christmas tree Friday afternoon on the lawn of the Clinchfield Inn. R. H. Hughes and Smith Williams were co-chairmen of the project this year, and the gifts were financed by individu-" als, local organizations, and the Clinchfield Coal Corporation. The musical program was under the direction of Deaconess Amelia Brereton, of the Episcopal Church, with the church choir participating. Invocation was by the Rev. R. A. Dingus, with the address of welcome by Neil Hall and reading of the Christmas story from St. Luke by the Rev. Harold Burress. Bill Bryson gave an excellent impres- sion of St. Nick. C. P. Gordon acted as announcer. The program was "broadcast" over a speaker system supplied by P. G. Dickenson.