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f) i Clinch Valley Times .... J.,00PRI00$ " 'The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things , ,, .___ sq:: .,_/o___:: Vol. LIII, No. 51 . Thursday, December 22, 2011 _ Saint Paul, Virginia 50c GETTING READY FOR SPRING...Work has begun on the permanent structure which will house the Clinch River Farmers Market when it opens in Spring, 2012. The structure is funded by a $100,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission with work and in-kind services provided by the Town of St. Paul. It is located on Market Square in St. Paul. January GED test dates in Wise Co: The Regional Adult Edu- cation Program offers the ': Official Practice GED Test on demand at all Adult Education classes. This is a free test. Call 877 RACE 2 GED or 276.386.2433 to schedule a time to take the practice test. The GED Exam will be given on Saturday, January 14 at the Wise Adult Learning Center, Building J. Testing will begin at 8 a.m.. Registration must be done no later than two days prior to the exam. Call Karen Whitt at Fry Hall at 328-8612 for more information or to, register. The Norton GED Exam will be given on Friday, January 6 at 9 a.m. at the Norton VEC Adult - ' Education Center. Registration must be done by noon on the Thursday prior to the test. Call Imelda Collins at 276.679.7286 for more information. -ii i Illl 1 ]1[111 I " \\; HONORING SERVICE...During the St. Paul Town Council meeting on Monday, St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department Chief Earl Carter, left, presented a plaque to retired Fire Chief Stuard Keith in recogni- tion of his 44 years of service to the Town of St. Paul. Calendar of events needed-training available. Call 1- 800-572-2278. SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle S wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th 9am-Spin; W/F 9am-5pm; Sa 10am-2pm MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. tSaul, are 9am-5pm Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat urdays, and l lam-7:30pm Tues- days and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone numbers are 1-800-772- 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 ELEMENT- ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursday at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Corn-. munication; First Thursday, 7 pm 1213 or276-679-7633. School of Instruction. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of VFW POST #8652, DAV the J. Fred Matthews Memorial CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 Library, St. Paul meet at the pm, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. Library on first Thursdays at 4 pro. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 9:30 to 12. St. Tberese's Neigh- 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new bors Aid Building, new & used members. If you served overseas clothing for sale. " during any war, write VFW Post RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266 and send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, s open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Ap- pointments are necessary for all but immunizations. For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For infor- mation, call 395-6398. 100 TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency , for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- ell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100 th birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication. 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood All interested persons are invited to attend H.O,P.E. HOUSE-H.OPE. Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers mmm ..The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public library. ,,,Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP-Women survivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276-889-8206. FREE ADULT ED-Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills including re- sume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability transport- ation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerjr 1942.yahoo.com. JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthew's Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities and services of the library Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7.30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-DIcken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the 3:30 pm third Thursdays except June FOOD BANK-First Baptist Church. St. Paul. operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-I1 am at the church Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-'Ihe West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information, call 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES cLOSET-The Wom- en On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Department: in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confid- ential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-] 312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433 GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home comlSuters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Nrrton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 pm 2 " Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm yd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul All are welcome - admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pm calendar on page 3 Coeburn VFW Post from 9am- ' Church and church-related activities i Pedestriancr0ssing at library discussed by Town Council; retired Chief Keith honored Citing a paragraph in the ! 991 document which leases the building housing the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library to the Lonesome Pine Regional Library, St. Paul Town Council- man Greg Bailey pointed out that the Town is to work with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to arrange for handicapped curb drops and a crosswalk from the Library to the First Baptist parking lot across Wise Street. The chur'ch has opened its lot for parking by library patrons since the library was established at its present site. Council members Bailey and Sharon Steele were appointed to meet with VDOT to work out details for the crosswalk. Pre- sent truck traffic and the antici- pation of an even greater num- ber of trucks on Wise Street when the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center begins operations make the crosswalk project critical. During the meeting, Earl Carter, who is the present Chief of the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department, presented a plaque to retired Chief Stuard Keith in recognition of his 44 years of service to the Town. Members of Council and Mayor Kyle Fletcher commented on the dedication exhibited by Chief Keith and thanked him for his long service. St. Paul resident Kathy Ste- wart appeared before Council to express her thanks to the He also thanked everyone who worked on the Town's Christ- mas Parade. He called attention to the fact that there would be no change in the Town's trash collection Revi-tali)ation Committeits schedule during the holidays work for the Town, and also to The Mayor also told Council the Mayor and Council for their participation in and work for the Clinch River project. She en- Couraged the Council to pur- chase the Lyric Theatre in order to be able to apply for grants to remodel the site in order to haye an arts center. Stewart also asked about when sewers would be installed in West Hills She, too, men- tioned the danger of pedestrians crossing the street in front of the library, and asked for a police patrolled crosswalk. During the period devoted to Public Requests, Otis Strouth told Council that he has deeds for two parcels of property on Bluebell Island. Mayor Fletcher said the property has been surveyed and said he would refer Mr. Strouth to the surveyor who did the work. In his announcements, the Mayor thanked all who worked to make St. Paul a Virginia Main Street community, one of only 25 in the state, and the only small town which is included. that he would like for the Town eventually to send a resolution to the Wise County Board of Supervisors concerning the dis- position of the St. Paul High- School building and the SPHS: football field. In the meantime,  he will receive input with suggestions from the public. Council heard reports from Police Lieutenant George Rob- inson; Town Treasurer Debbie Baca; Utilities Superintendent Earl Carter; and Mattern & Craig Engineer Randy Beckner. In his report, Carter men- tioned the possible acquisition of one or two military surplus generators for the fire depart- ment, and Council encouraged him to proceed.. Council agreed to place a Dominion-purchased sulphur dioxide monitor behind the fire station. He also dis- cussed the results of the smoke test, saying that several small breaks Beckner reported that adver- tising the Regional Wastewater (Continued on page 4) From balcony of hotel in 1'_96_2 (Peyton Russo photo) Christmas on Broad Street by Jerry Couch This really isn't an article.- it's just an extra-long caption for a very special ca. 1962 photo- graph of Broad Street. The photo was taken by Peyton Russo from the upstairs porch of the St. Paul Hotel. Notice the garlands of lights over the street and those well-remembered red Christmas bells in the middle. All the shop- pers had gone home for the day because stores closed at 6:00 p.m. back then. When we look at the signs on the store buildings, we see familiar names: B & G Appliance, Fred Meade's Mar- ket, Halls Drugstore, Jessee's 5 & 10, Deen's Department Store. And of course, the Lyric. There was no Wal-Mart to beckon us in 1962; no malls at Bristol or Kingsport. Mass pros- perity and commercial television had not yet elevated shopping to the level of recreation at that time. Christmas was simpler and more family-oriented. In retro- spect, that may well have been one of the most charming things about the St. Paul of yesterday. In the 1960's there was an annual television special entitled "Mr. Magoos Christmas" which featured a song many of us grown-up children will remem- ber. One of the verses is very applicable to St. Paul, both then and now: We'll have the Lords Bright Blessing, And knowing we're together, Knowing we're together heart in hand. We'll Mountain Chiistmas 1925 have the whitest Christmas, The grand. very brightest Christmas, A And at the end, Tiny Tim Christmas far more glorious than said: "God bless us every one." , t