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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 29, 2016 Page 5 3anoke police lieutenant shaves 36-year-old mustache for charity Reprinted with permission from the Roanoke Times By Tiffany Stevens and Amy Friedenberger The Roanoke Times In 36 years, Roanoke police Lt. Jennings Tardy has never been spotted with a shorn upper lip. The patrol lieutenant has kept his mustache, usu- ally trimmed in a handlebar style, since he first entered law enforcement in Wise County in 1980. Initially, wearing whiskers was a way for Tardy to fit in with other 'stache-sporting offi- cers, he said. But the style grew on him, even after he left Wise County to become a Roanoke officer in 1983. "It's been every style. It's been up, it's been down, it's been thinner," Tardy said. So what would it take for Tardy to shave off his identifiable mustache? Persistence from Officer Karley Goad, who hasn't of gastrointestinal cancer in 1993. His father died of lung cancer in 2005. On Monday came the day of public depilation. Dozens of giddy police department employees and reporters with television cameras crowded into the department conference room. even been alive as long as the mustache has been on Tardy's face. "He kept saying 'no' at whatever I suggested," Goad said. "I asked if he would shave it for $1,000 for charity. Then he told me the next day he would, but for $2,000." Since January, the department has raised $3,336 for the American Cancer Society, in honor of Tardy's grandfather and father. His grandfather died Tardy is a tall man with a gentle demeanor. He's soft-spoken and not one for the attention, so he was taken aback by all the attention over his mus- tache. He took his seat in a chair with paper under- January exhibitions & events at the Arts Depot Wednesday, January 4th, Opening in the Juried Spotlight Gallery: Kathy Gibian & Sarah Nobles dual exhibition, "Through Their Eyes". Two artists working in vastly different stiles but similar in approach explore their landscapes through a lens of clarification. The exhib- it runs through February 18. Wednesday, January 4th , Opening in the Members Gallery: Ruthie Edwards, Johnson City, TN (Oil), Carol Murray, Marion, VA (Watercolor, Oil), Joyce Kistner, Bristol, VA (Acrylic) and Kitty Williams, Bristol, TN (Pastel) "First Thursday" January 5th, 6-8 pm: Meet- the-Artists opening recep- tion. Kathy Gibian and Sarah Nobles, "Through Their Eyes". This com- bined reception will also honor Members Gallery Group exhibitors Ruthie Edwards, Joyce Kistner, Carol Murray & Kitty Williams. OTHER EVENTS AT ARTS DEPOT in JANU- ARY The "Wednesday Morning Painters" Informal group meets for weekly "'paint-ins" each Wednesday at 10 AM through January. Beginners to professional painters- Everyone welcome! 3rd Tuesday, January 16th 7:00 pm Appalachian Center for Poets and Writers (ACPW) Workshop. Everyone wel- c o m e dbwinship@gmail.com For more information on all ex, ents call the Arts Depot 276-628-9091 or visit the website www.abingdonartsdepot.or g neath to catch the whiskers. He handed a tiny electric razor to Goad, who would do the honor. "That's not gonna do it," Goad said with a chuckle. The entire shaving process took 10 minutes. The audience bellowed "oooooh" every time the little razor caught in the mustache, which Tardy let grow out however it pleased through November. The rest of his colleagues let their beards and mus- taches grow out for No- Shave November, the month devoted to expand- ing cancer awareness. "Those things aren't designed to cut wire, Jennings," Chief Tim Jones joked. "I think I got to the 1990s," Goad observed. "Keep chipping away at it," Jones encouraged her. "Honey, l found the remote!" an officer guf- fawed from the back "Is his wife coming so she knows what he looks like when he comes home? ' Intruder! Intruder !'" another officer hollered. Tardy said his wife and teenage daughter are excit- ed about the change. Neither has ever seen Tardy clean-shaven. He planned to text his wife a photo of his new look and then step outside and see what it's like to have the wind blow on his clean upper lip. "My daughter thought it was a great idea," Tardy said. "She said, 'If I could grow one. I'd shave it off too.'" Jones went and got a larger electric shaver for Goad to buzz the rest off. Goad stepped back to admire her work, and the room erupted into applause. "I'll probably clean it up a little bit, but other than that it'll he like shearing a sheep," Tardy said. He also plans to keep his face hair- free for a while, though the approaching winter months may hasten regrowth attempts. He pointed out matter-of-factly: "I can always grow it back." Journeymen/Master Electrician, HVAC Technician, Plumber, and Gasfitters renewal licenses offered at SWCC Anyone seeking renew-Saturday, January 14, al of their 2017, starting at 7:00am. J o u r n e y m e n / M a s t e r These continuing educa- Electrician, HVAC tion classes will be held on Technician,Plumber or Southwest Virginia Gasfitter's license can Community College's meet the Department of Main Campus in Davis Professional and Hall, Room 122. Cost per Occupational Regulations class for National (DPOR) requirements on Electrical Code, HVAC, and Plumbing is $75 each. Cost for Gas Fitters class is $50. Pre-registration online is required and must be received by January 12. Please call or email now to enroll, (276) 964-7244 or workforce@ Sw.edu. the Ttmes! Call 276- 762- 7671 Coffee time at library invites seniors Every Monday 10 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all area senior citizens. Seniors are invited to stop by the library from 10-11 a.m. and have a cup of coffee, tea, cider or hot chocolate and light refreshments. Visit with your friends, talk about the news goingon in the area, read the local newspapers or browse through the library's magazine selections. Make plans to come by the library each Monday for coffee and conversation. For more information contact the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library at 276-762- 9702. Russell County Extemion N :ws The Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division presents this week's Extension News. Extension Calendar of Events: January 3 Last day to vaccinate for January VQA Feeder Sale January 9 VQA Feeder Calf Sale Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction at 6 pm January 14 Shepherd's Symposium Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA January 16 VQA Steer Delivery Tri-State Market - Abingdon, VA January 18 VQA Heifer Delivery Tri-State Market - Abingdon, VA January 23 American Forage and Grasslands Council Meeting Roanoke, VA If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056 or check Virginia Cooperative Extension - Russell County on Facebook. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE Shepherd's Symposium The annual Virginia Shepherd's Symposium will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. The one-day program will include educational sessions focusing on forage management, ewe nutrition, parasite management, lamb marketing, and veterinary care. A lamb lunch will be included. On Friday afternoon, January 13, open meetings of the Virginia Sheep Producers Association and the Virginia Sheep Industry Council will be hosted. Program details and registration materials are available through Virginia Cooperative Extension. For more information, please call the Extension Office (889-8056) or visit Virginia Tech Sheep Extension http://www.apsc.vt.edu/exten- sion/sheep/:mdex.html American Forage and Grassland Council Meeting in Roanoke The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Forage and Grassland Council will be held in Roanoke, VA. This unique conference brings together agency and industry personnel and top forage and livestock producers from across the coun- try. The conference provides a unique platform for integrating the science and practice of grassland management. The theme of this year's conference is "Turning Grass into CASH: Opportunities in Grassland Agriculture". Theconference will include workshops on m0b-grazing, beef cattle, dairy grazing, small ruminants, restorative grazing, pasture raised meats and more. The program also includes a producer speaking contest, forage quiz bowl, and emerging scientist contest along with volunteer poster and oral presentations. There are two registrations options, full registration for the entire conference OR a one-day registration for Monday January 23rd - "Producer Day". For more information, please call the Extension Office at 889-8056. Conference registration can also be found at http://www.afgc.org/annual_conference.php The Russell County Extension Unit -- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell -- is Ipcated on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vt.edu/ Merry Chr, tmas & Happy New Year * from M, anda, Robin, Cathy, Kat, & Kr, tal * CathyMa sStateFarm , Castlewood 276-762-7251