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Monday, December 22, 2008 Volume XVII, Number
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Crisis Centers Christmas Day
Family Dinner will be held on Thursday,
December 25 from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. in
the First United Methodist Church Fellowship
Hall. The event is for everyone who needs to
be with others but has no place to go. Those
wishing to volunteer to help are encouraged
to call Marilyn or Brian Bisbee at 358-3533.
Did Ya Know?... The
City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center
and Composting Lot will be closed Wednesday,
December 24th and Thursday, December 25th in
observance of Christmas.
Many Americans felt that
President Cleveland did not know how bad things
were in the Depression of 1893. This joke made
the rounds at that time.
A man without money and no job came to the White
House. He got on his knees and started chewing
" What are you doing?" the President
"I am hungry and have nothing else to
eat," the man replied.
President Cleveland thought for a moment.
"Well you should go to the backyard. The
grass is taller back there."
"Your violin seems out of
"I suppose somebody has been fiddling with
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Three Girls Entertain.
Misses Irma Gilmore, Ethel
Orr and Irene Porter are issuing invitations for a party
to be given December 23 at the Porter home.
New Officers Elected.
At their last regular
meeting the Eastern Star of this city elected the
following officers: Marion, Miss Lillian Schooler:
associate matron, Miss Lulu Freed; patron, Robert
Elliott; conductress, Mrs. C. M. Ketcham; secretary, Mrs.
Ella Knepper; treasurer, Mrs. A. H. Caffee.
Forecast Rain tonight possibly turning to snow Wednesday;
colder northwest portion tonight and Wednesday; high
Ramsay Bros. will increase
their store force for the holidays by adding six sales
ladies this week.
The City Council
Public Safety Committee meeting that was
cancelled last Monday due to the weather has been
rescheduled for this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the
Carthage Police Department, 310 W. 4th Street.
Items on the
agenda include a request from Sandy Swingle to
create a special coupon or reduced taxi rate for
students learning English at the Carthage
Literacy Center, and a request for taxi service
rate increase by Bobbi Schrader Hagan.
The committee is
also scheduled to discuss a proposed modification
to a truck route. Baker Boulevard, from Central
Avenue to Fairview Avenue is currently a truck
route. The proposed changes would shorten the
route on Baker, running from Central Avenue to
This item was
previously discussed by the City Council Public
Works Committee. The two options discussed by
that committee included removing the street as a
truck route or shortening the length of the
route. The committee forwarded the recommendation
to modify the route to the Safety Committee.
I suppose with all the speed of jets and
telephones and television, weve lost the
art of allowin ourselves the luxury of
makin mistakes ever now and then.
Let alone thinkin
somethin unexpected might pop up in the
middle of somethin were tryin
ta get done. Most of us dont allow any
"room for error" these days.
Im startin to
wonder if maybe we arent a little hard on
ourselves. Seems that takin a day
ever now and then just to catch up on some
readin or visit a friend for no particular
reason just doesnt come up much.
We hear a lot about the
standard of livin, but maybe the standard
aint what it used to be. Maybe somewhere we
picked up the wrong measurin stick.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
|This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Forced-Air Heating System
Q: It doesnt
seem to matter whether I open or close the
registers in certain rooms -- my house is
constantly too cold in some spots and too hot in
others. The insulation seems fine, and the heater
is working fine. I change the filter every two
months. What else can I check? -- John P.,
A: You may be able
to further balance a forced-air heating system if
dampers have been installed within the delivery
air ducts leading to the registers. Check along
the air duct run as far as possible to locate air
dampers. These are indicated by a wing nut
installed directly in the duct that does not seem
to be joining anything.
If this wing nut
is perpendicular to the duct (say, the duct is
horizontal but the wing nut is oriented
vertical), the damper is closed, restricting
airflow. Use a screwdriver or manually turn the
wing nut parallel to the duct, thereby opening
Try to locate as
many of these dampers as possible. Working with a
partner who is inside the living area of the
house, find out where these ducts lead and if air
flows or stops flowing to different areas of the
house depending on whether the damper is open or
Then, label the
damper. Using a permanent marker, write the
ducts destination (such as the living room
or a bedroom), and mark what angles the wing nut
should be at when closed and when open.
Using this method
of opening or closing dampers in the air ducts,
you can balance the heating system a bit better
so that additional warm air flows into colder
areas of the house and is diverted from parts of
the house that are too hot.
HOME TIP: To save
on heating costs, dont turn a thermostat to
its highest setting hoping to quickly heat a room
-- keep it at a lower temperature setting and
give the system about 20 minutes to bring the
room up to a comfortable temperature.
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