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Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... Fellow
gardeners, spring is here! It is time again for
the annual Ozark Gateway Master Gardener Plant
Sale. The date is Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the
Powers Museum, 617 Oak Street in Carthage. The
hours are 8 am to 2 pm. They will have many
varieties of perennials, annuals, herbs,
vegetables, shrubs and trees.
Did Ya Know?... The
Citywide Garage Sale is on May 3rd and starts in
some locations as early as 6:00am.
Did Ya Know?... The
Powers Museums Prelude to Chautauqua:
Program #3 will be on Saturday, May 3 at the Webb
City Public Library at 101 South Liberty, Webb
City. The free program will be presented at 1:30.
Call 417-673-4326 for more info.
Did Ya Know?... The 4th
Annual May Cemetery Event is on Saturday, May
10th at 5:30 P.M. in Park Cemetery. Celebrate the
Lives & History of Carthage. Bring Lawn
Chairs - Invited to Wear Period Dress. Catering
by McCune Brooks Regional Hospital.
Did Ya Know?... The
Precious Moments Supporting Foundation will hold
their 2008 Spring Celebration from 9:00 am to
2:00 pm on May 3rd at the Precious Moments Chapel
Visitors Center. The cost is $2 per child. A
wonderful day of play is in store. Call Anna at
359-2917 for more info.
I got ulcers without being a
A diet is a strait jacket for
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Big Three Ring Circus
Chas. Thacker Announces
the John P. Hall Show for His Grounds June 10.
Chas. Thacker announces
that the John P. Hall three-ring circus has just signed a
contract to use his circus grounds for a stand here on
June 10. This circus is a new one at least in the west,
but Mr. Thacker says it is a big one, and that it is
making dates at all the principal towns of the west this
Brought Suit in St.
R. A. Mooneyhem yesterday
filed suit in St. Louis circuit court against Louis Celia
for $1,200 attorney fee.
Fancy articles for sale by
the Bethany circle upstairs in the Johns building on
Saturday afternoon and evening.
No sugar famine at
The Fiscal Year
2009 Budget Hearings began with the Agency budget
requests on Monday evening. City Administrator
Tom Short initiated discussions with the
committee by giving an overview of the budget in
its rough form. Short said that $3.8 million
would need to be cut by the committee in order to
balance the budget. Short then gave an outline of
each area of the budget including expenses and
revenues. and where some of the major cost
increases have occurred.
spoke with representatives from 8 City agencies,
including the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the
Carthage Chamber of Commerce, the Humane Society,
the Over-60 Center, Carthage Youth Softball,
American Legion Baseball, Carthage Little League
and the Carthage Public Library. With the
exception of clarifications and a few questions
the Committee had little discussion with the
agency representatives. 4 of the 8 agencies
requested increases over last year, the other 4
staying the same.
Of the four with
increased requests the largest increase was
requested by the Carthage Humane Society. Society
Board members Kaylene Cole, Connie Shull and
treasurer Brian Schmidt were present to speak
with the committee about the request, which is
increased to $40,000 from last years
The Humane Society
has a contract with the City of Carthage,
stipulating that all animals caught by the
Carthage Animal Control Officer (ACO) be taken to
the Shelter. Schmidt told the committee that an
increase in the volume of those animals, along
with extended operating hours at the shelter were
primary reasons for the requested increase in
According to the
documentation presented by the Society
representatives, last year the shelter took in
3,897 animals, of which 963 were brought by the
City ACO. State regulations require that the
Society keep animals brought by the ACO for 5 to
7 days before taking any action, be it adoption
or euthanization. Schmidt told the committee that
the 963 animals brought by the ACO this year was
roughly double the number brought last year,
which the Society representatives attributed to a
very efficient ACO. Schmidt added that each of
those animals which must be held for the state
regulated period of time take space that could be
used for adoptable animals from other shelters.
The state does not have a 5-7 day holding period
if the animals are transferred from a different
shelter. Schmidt referred to the situation as an
"economic disadvantage" for the
Claude Newport asked how the Society recoups
expenses for the animals taken from other
shelters. Schmidt said that the Society charges a
fee from the other shelters, and added that the
fee had recently been increased to help offset
the cost of keeping the animals and maintaining
Schmidt said that
if the Shelter continues to operate on the
roughly $20,000 which it has been receiving, it
will deplete any other sources of funding that
could be used to improve quality of the shelter.
Bill Fortune thanked the Society representatives
for the presentation, but made no promises
concerning the requested increase.
guarantee youll get it," said Fortune.
"Its a significant increase."
its a huge increase," agreed Schmidt.
The committee will
further discuss the requests during this
evenings meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the
Council Chambers of City Hall.
I remember back in the
sixtys when there were choices on late
night TV. The late nighter that gave Carson the
best run for his money was Dick Cavet. I
dont really remember much that went on. It
probly doesnt matter much.
Its been hard to miss all
the hubbub goin on bout the late
night TV hosts. Even if ya dont watch much
TV, it seems ever-one is makin a big deal
Course now havin
two or three choices at the same time is a lot
more confusin cause of the common use of
the remote control.
It wouldnt be so bad if
the current late shows would stagger their
monologues a little. Then it would be an easy
thing to catch what is probly the highlight
of all of em. Maybe you could just tape one
and watch one of the others. Whod want to
enjoy that much fun.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
Heres A Tip
By JoAnn Derson
"I mostly take digital
pictures, but I kind of miss having a photo
album. Well, I made one, of sorts: I keep the
photos sorted on my computer by month and year
anyway, so I just printed out a contact
sheet for each month. Its a
collection of thumbnail-size photos, and I put
them in a three-ring binder. When I am looking
for a particular photo or looking for inspiration
for a scrapbooking project, I browse the
book." -- C.T. in Montana
It bears repeating: The best
thing you can do to both reduce your cooling
costs and protect your HVAC system is change your
filter monthly. A dirty filter increases the
energy needed to cool air, and it can damage
equipment. Make it a point to change the filter
when the month changes. Buy filters in bulk and
label them by month to keep track, or buy one
that is washable and reuse.
Get more juice out of a lemon
by rolling it firmly on a countertop before
slicing. If the lemon has been refrigerated, put
it in the microwave for 10 seconds, roll, then
cut. Youll double your juice.
"I am all for using
utensils in unusual ways. After you brown ground
beef, you can break it up into mostly uniform
pieces using a pastry blender. You can use a
whisk to break up boiled potatoes for homestyle
mashed potatoes. Or if you have a potato masher,
you can use it to break up frozen juice
concentrate when mixing up a batch of
juice." -- D.S. in California
Have some leftover wine? Try
freezing it in ice-cube trays, and then you can
pop those cubes into a bag. They are great for
adding to recipes.
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