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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 210

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Artifacts found during archeological investigations at George Washington Carver National Monument will be presented. Discussions about the items and the importance of maintaining a collection will be discussed. More information @ 417-325-4151 or visit

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Youth Soccer League will be having a Pancake Feed @ Memorial Hall, April 18th, 7:00 - 11:00 a.m.

today's laugh

At the end of a long day, a young boy was told to go to bed by his father...

[Five minutes later]



"I’m thirsty. Can you bring me a drink of water?"

"No. You had your chance. It’s time for bed. Lights out."

[Five minutes later]



"I’m THIRSTY...Can I have a drink of water??"

"I told you NO! If you ask again I’ll have to come up there and spank you!!"

[Five minutes later]



"When you come in to spank me, can you bring me a drink of water?"

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


Mesdames Calhoon, McElroy, Fitch and Miss Barde do the Honors.

A large and delightful reception was tendered this afternoon by Mesdames W. W. Calhoon, C.F. McElroy, F.H. Fitch, and Miss Barde at the home of Mrs. Calhoon on Garrison avenue. Mesdames J. W. Miller, R.E.L. Halliburton, H.O. Scott, H.T. Harrison and C.H. Hodges assisted in receiving. Some 200 invitations were issued. The hours were 2 to 4 and 4 to 6 o’clock.

The front parlor was decorated with pink roses, the back parlor with yellow daisies and the hall and dining room with roses and ferns, Pink, yellow and white were the prevailing colors. During the afternoon Miss Marian Wright rendered several selections and Miss Isabelle Bruce and Mr. Walter McElroy played the piano. Mr. Lute De Vore Connelly was expected to be present from New York and sing.

  Today's Feature

Missouri Child Identification and Protection Program

The Missouri Child Identification & Protection Program will hold a day for helping families gather identification info for children and teens on Saturday April 25,2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church at 820 Howard Street in Carthage.

The program consists of five major components which are Digital Photographs, Digital Fingerprints, Child Information and Emergency Contacts, Dental bite impression, and Two laminated ID cards. All of the child’s digital photographs, fingerprints, and their vital information are given to the parent or guardian on a mini-CD computer disk. The information on the disk is "AMBER ALERT". The dental bite wafer provides an impression of the biting surface, which like fingerprints, is unique to each individual. This wafer also collects enough saliva to provide a DNA sample and a source scent for trained canine search and recovery teams. According to Event Coordinator David Jones, all of these combined provide a powerful identification tool.

The Masonic Children’s Foundation will retain no information concerning the children except for a signed permission form which is to be retained by the foundation. This service will be free of charge, and is sponsored by the Missouri Masonic Children’s Foundation, Carthage Lodge #197 AF & AM, and Criterion Lodge#586 AF & AM. To download forms prior to the event go to click on "about". If you have any questions concerning this program feel free to contact: David Jones, Event Coordinator at 417-358-8816


Just Jake Talkin'

Saw a neat trick on a bicycle the other day. A small girl of five or six, apparently still learnin’ the art of survivin’ a two wheeler, was ridin’ with four other children. She turned out of the alley onto the street and didn’t get straightened out. She continued in a circular motion and bumped square into the curb. Her slow speed and low proximity to the ground eliminated any chance of serious injury, but she dropped like a rock. The small boy ridin’ beside her was havin’ his own problems keepin’ upright and didn’t stop. The girl brushed herself off and got back on, slowly tryin’ catch up to the rest of the group.

I never saw a tear, just a face of determination and possibly some embarrassment. A spark of hope for the next generation.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column

Here’s A Tip

By JoAnn Derson

• Go Green Tip: When cooking, use the size pot that fits the burner, or the burner that is the best size for the pot. A 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner wastes more than 40 percent of the burner’s heat, according to the EPA.

• Use a window squeegee to remove hair from compacted carpets or upholstery.

• "Nail polish remover can remove burned-on plastic from the top of a toaster oven. If you’ve ever forgotten to remove the bread bag, you can appreciate the tip." -- B.P., via e-mail

• "We’re a busy family, so each week, the dinner menu is posted on the fridge in a plastic paper-holding sleeve. Behind it are the recipes or instructions for that week’s meals. Whoever gets home first gets things started. That person also pulls anything that needs to be defrosted for the next meal. It has worked to help everyone do their share." -- P.L. in Ohio

• Another busy family tip: "On the door from our garage to the house, my husband used both magnetic paint and chalkboard paint. It’s the door we use most to come in, and we write notes to one another here." -- K.S. in Wisconsin

• Children’s art can be used in many ways: laminated as a placemat, temporary bookmark, stationery to family members or decoration for gifts (when cut and pasted onto plain-color wrapping paper.


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