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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 113

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Did Ya Know?... The 36th Annual Carthage Christmas Parade will be held Monday, December 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Chestnut and Main, circle the Carthage Square, then proceed to Chestnut and Grant Streets.

Did Ya Know?... Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre will present "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" December 3-7 and 12-14. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, and may be obtained by calling 358-9665, 358-7268, or by e-mailing

today's laugh

A company found that it could make a new and remarkable line of cosmetics from the legs of crickets. Immediately it began advertising to buy dead crickets, and one of the first replies was a telegram from a farmer in Missouri, who stated:
A telegram was sent back asking for the full hundred thousand.
A week later a small box arrived from the farmer with one dead cricket and a note: "This was all there was. The noise sure had me fooled."

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

A Dandy Fusionist.

Four hoboes were last night given a lodging in the city holdover in return for carrying in a box full of coal. On of them wore a swallow tailed coat of the latest cut, pantaloons and stiff hat to match, an immediate shirt and standing collar and gold eye glasses. When asked what their politics were they replied that they were "Fusionists."

Master Philip Waters is to spend Thanksgiving holidays with the Beemer and Thompson families in Lamar. He will return next week.

My! My! You are growing old fast! And you know why, too. It’s those gray hairs! Don’t you know that Ayer’s Hair Vigor restores color to gray hair? Well, it does. And it never fails, either. It stops falling hair also, and keeps the scalp clean. Sold for 60 years.


Today's Feature

Thanksgiving Family Dinner.

The Carthage Crisis Center will be holding its annual Thanksgiving Day Family Dinner tomorrow, Thursday, November 27 from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 7th and Main. Attendees are asked to use the West entrance.

The dinner is held for those who would like to be with others but have no place to go. The meal will consist of turkey and all the trimmings. Musical entertainment and fellowship will also be featured during the annual event.

Those wishing to volunteer to help are encouraged to call Crisis Center directors Brian or Marilyn Bisbee at 417-358-3533. Transportation to the event can be arranged, as well as meal delivery by calling the same number by today, November 26.

Fly-Fishing Workshop.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold an introduction to Fly-fishing and Fly-Tying Workshop on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Walter Woods Conservation Area, 5 minutes south of Joplin. Call 417-629-3423 for more information.

Just Jake Talkin'

For those who are plannin’ on travelin’ over the holidays, the price of gasoline may become a point of interest. ‘Course there are a variety of conditions that dictate the importance of a few pennies per gallon.

One such factor is the distance traveled since the last bathroom break. The weather and amount of traffic also can play a part in the calculation.

Ya might, for instance, be tempted ta pass by a busy station shortly after leavin’, and then end up payin’ 3 cents more per gallon a little while down the road, when you’re ready for a cup of coffee.

‘Course, if the fresh-baked bread in the car is callin’ out to you all through the trip, those quick gas station stops for junk food will be a letdown regardless of the price at the pump.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• "Mineral oil will take off a fake tattoo nicely. Use it liberally on a cotton ball just before bath time. My kids love fake tattoos, and this way, they don’t stay on too long." -- T.L. in Montana

• "An easy way to store plastic grocery bags so that they are handy when you need them is to stuff them into a tissue box. They come out one at a time and are easily stored in a cabinet or even in your car." -- P.W. in Missouri

• "I have one of those wax-melt burners that uses tea lights to heat a block of scented wax. I ran out of tea lights, but had one votive candle that I could use. I cut the bottom of the votive off to make it the right height, then I used a square of aluminum foil under it to catch the drippings. It worked just fine in a pinch." -- D.S. in Florida

• "JoAnn, here’s a tip for your indoor and patio gardeners out there: When filling a pot with soil, first make sure there is a drain hole at the bottom. Then instead of putting stones or broken pottery on the inside bottom hole of the pot to allow for drainage, place a coffee filter over the hole and then fill the pot with your potting soil. I discovered this filter will not only provide more room for root development but will effectively allow for proper drainage. Also, the filter will not let any muddy soil or dirt to run out the bottom of your pots and mess up your windowsill or patio decking. It really works!" -- T.G. in New Jersey

• Fix tomato sauce that’s too tart by adding a pinch of baking soda. It neutralizes the acidity and gives the sauce a milder taste.

Turkey Roasting Times

Roast the turkey until temperature reaches 170 degrees F in the breast and 180 degrees F in the thigh. Cooking times are for planning purposes only -- always use a meat thermometer to determine doneness.

Approximate Timetable for Roasting a Turkey

(325 degrees F):

Unstuffed Turkey
• 8 to 12 pounds 2 3/4 to 3 hours
• 12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3 3/4 hours
• 14 to 18 pounds 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours
• 18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours
• 20 to 24 pounds 4 1/2 to 5 hours
• 24 to 30 pounds 5 to 5 1/4 hours

Stuffed Turkey
• 8 to 12 pounds 3 to 3 1/2 hours
• 12 to 14 pounds 3 1/2 to 4 hours
• 14 to 18 pounds 4 to 4 1/4 hours
• 18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours
• 20 to 24 pounds 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hours
• 24 to 30 pounds 5 1/4 to 6 1/4 hours

Source: National Turkey Federation

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