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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 220
Did Ya Know?... "A
Genius Remembered", a 30-minute film exploring
the life of George Washington Carver, told by people who
actually knew him and by others whose work was influenced
by his great legacy. May 2 and 3rd, 1:00 p.m. More
information @ 417-325-4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.
Did Ya Know?... The friends of
the Carthage Public Libarays monthly used book sale
May 2nd, 8:00 - noon at the Library Annex 510 S. Garrison
Did Ya Know?... Special Blood
Drive for Peggy (Hawks) Blackford held by the American
Red Cross this Thursday, April 30th, 11:30-6:00 p.m. at
the Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, Carthage, MO.
I had a friend
who was a clown. When he died, all his friends went to
the funeral in one car.
How young can you die of old age?
If you saw a heat wave, would you wave
I can levitate birds. No one cares.
If all the nations in the world are in
debt, where did all the money go?
My dental hygienist is cute. Every time
I visit, I eat a whole package of Oreo cookies while
waiting in the lobby. Sometimes she has to cancel the
rest of the afternoons appointments.
What do batteries run on?
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A LUCKY CARTHAGINIAN.
West to Grow Up and is Now a Gold King.
The story of a lucky young Croesus is
told in the life Henry Burson, brother-in-law to County
Collector C.A. Emry, who left Carthage in 1884 to
"grow up with the country."
Young Burson at that time was not rich,
and his friend offered to send him to the Carthage high
school. He was then 18 years of age and had graduated
from an interior high school back in Illinios. Having had
enough of school the young man had replied:
"Id rather take Greelys advice and go
west. Will you loan me $50?"
He got the $50, went west and soon
refunded the loan. He returned here for a visit in 1888,
then went direct from Carthage to Alaska. In 1890 he
secured the position of first deputy census enumerator of
the territory, a position which took him all over Alaska.
The appointment was secured by application of Mr. Emry to
Senator Cullom of Illinios.
Through the census position young
Burson got well acquainted woth the gold regions of
Alaska and he soon became interested in a quarts mine on
Douglas island, near Sitka, from which he is still
receiving handsome royalties. The latest chapter of his
fortunes came in a letter received yesterday by Mr. Emry.
The letter told that the young adventurer who preferred
to go west, had now become owner in a gold mine at
Devils Lake, British Columbia. "in fact,"
said Mr. Emry, "I think the boy could come back here
now and buy out several of our wealthiest citizens."
The lettercame from Barkersville, B.C.
Devils Lake where Mr. Burson is now located. He can
receive and send out mail there only once a month and
then it must be carried on snow shoes over the mountains.
To Each Its own.
The City Council Budget/Ways
and Means Committee heard proposals from various
non-city agencies during its first budget
hearing of the year last Monday evening.
The proposals are in the form
of contracts for service. Each has its own
peculiar set of circumstances and history.
The Cando Senior enter uses a
City owned building rent free and is typically
funded an amount approximately equal to its
The Library has a sales tax
arrangement with the City that was passed by
voters, but still has to submit a proposal each
year to access the funds.
The Humane Society contracts
with the City to provide an animal shelter, but
has typically approached the process as a grant
of some sort.
The Chamber of Commerce does
not contract with the City, but indirectly is
assisted through the sharing of resources and
personnel with the Economic Development contract
with the City.
The Convention and Visitors
Bureau is funded with Lodging Tax revenue.
Played a little dominos
this last weekend. Double fifteens. If
ya wanna test your kids (or your own)
ability to add, subtract, and divide by five,
pick up a set of these jewels. As a matter a
fact, why not introduce the game as part of
any high school graduates final exam.
Thatd cut the wheat from the chaff.
The other practical
educational experience would be ta have ta
make change and count it back to the customer
for a day at the fast food joint. Usetabe,
(Ive used that term so much lately,
Ive decided to make it just one word in
my vocabulary) these everday math
skills were used on some regularity. With
video games and calculators, even those of us
who learned need to exercise the skills to
keep em workin. Quick,
whats 8 x 7?
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Heres A Tip
By JoAnn Derson
"Use a pastry
blender to mash up eggs when you are making egg
salad. It works on the yolks, too. I mash mine
separately." -- I.F. in Tennessee
Old towels can have new
life in your kitchen. Just cut them into small
pieces and store in a box -- even a tissue box
would do. When you have a small spill or need to
clean the countertops, you can use one instead of
a paper towel. It will save you money, because
they can be washed and reused. If the soiling is
very bad, you dont have to feel bad about
throwing it out or turning it into a workshop
"To freshen plastic
flowers, mist with hairspray. Do not use this on
silk flowers." -- L.C. in Texas
Has this ever happened
to you? You gather limbs or bush trimmings in a
garbage can, and before lawn-waste pickup day, it
rains, filling your can? Drill a series of holes
in the bottom of your lawn and leaf cans, and the
water will drain out. It also makes it easier to
remove filled bags of leaves.
Shine bathroom chrome
with vinegar. Use a dampened cloth to apply, let
dry and buff to a shine.
Go Green Tip: According
to ENERGYSTAR.gov, "Leaving your car at home
just two days a week will save 1,590 pounds of
greenhouse-gas emissions each year." Not to
mention the gas youll save and the cost of
wear and tear on your vehicle.
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