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Monday, August 17, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 41

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... McCune Brooks Diabetes Support Group will present "What you always wanted to know but were afraid toask" Wed. August 26 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center will be selling Mums for the fall season at $10 each. To order, call 358-5926.

today's laugh

You are in a steel room with no windows, doors or openings. All you have is a do you get out? Answer: Strike One! Strike Two! Strike Three...Your Out

A University of Georgia student was visiting a Yankee relative in Boston over the holidays. He went to a large party and met a pretty co-ed. He was attempting to start up a conversation with the line, "Where does you go to school?" The coed, of course, was not overly impressed with his grammar or southern drawl, but did answer his question. "Yale," she replied. The Georgia student took a big, deep breath and shouted, "WHERE DOES YOU GO TO SCHOOL?".

When the waitress in a New York City restaurant brought him the soup du jour, the Englishman was a bit dismayed. "Good heavens," he said, "what is this?" "Why, it’s bean soup," she replied. "I don’t care what it has been," he sputtered. "What is it now?"

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

Empire Employees Leave

A.M. Hull, an electrician for the Empire Electric Co., shipped his household goods today to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he will live. His family has gone on ahead. He will leave tonight. Mr. Hull formerly lived in Lincoln and helped to build some of the electric power plants there. He expects to make that city his headquarters for electric light plant building in towns of the territory naturally tributary to Lincoln. He has been in Carthage for the past two years.

W.E. Doggett, also in the employ of the Empire Electric Company, has been called to Des Moines ,IA.,by the illness of relatives . He and his wife shipped their household goods to that city yesterday.

Ira Burgey of this city, formerly connected with the Carthage Municipal electric light plant has taken a position with Empire Electric Company and begins work at once.

  Today's Feature

Possible Detour.

The City will be working on its annual road paving project this week and several streets will be closed or slowed to traffic. It is requested that motorists take alternate routes if at all possible.

The following streets will be involved starting today and possibly through Wednesday.

•Walnut St. from Baker to Francis

•Garrison from Elk to Airport Dr.

•7th from Garrison to Main

•Alexandra from Wilson to Devin

•Fulton from Airport Dr. to George Phelps Blvd.

•Clint from Airport Dr. to George Phelps Blvd.

Re-Leaf Campaign.

The Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau is encouraging members of the community to purchase trees to replace those lost in the past years.

Several types of trees are available for purchase and the $45 cost include delivery and planting. The trees are in a 5 gallon size and are six to eight feet tall.

Orders must be placed by October 1 to ensure delivery. CVB - 359-8181


Just Jake Talkin'

The debate concernin’ makin’ smokin’ tobacco in Carthage a crime looks ta be startin’ back up. Council member T.J. Teed says a grant for thousands of dollars has been secured to campaign against smokin’ in Carthage. That’s in addition to funding goin’ to the Joplin anti-smokers.

He also says that Webb City Council members are ready to enact a ban on tobacco smokin’ over there, they just don’t wanna be the first to put the law in place. He says they told him if Carthage and Joplin go along, they’ll jump on the wagon.

When the antismokin’ proposal came up last winter, there didn’t seem ta be the votes on the Carthage Council to get it passed. It’ll be interestin’ to watch as this campaign takes hold.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

  Weekly Columns

This is a Hammer

by Samantha Mazzotta

Short-Term Fix for Leaky Roof

Q: This summer, I found a couple of small leaks in the attic, apparently from some rough spots on the roof. I marked the attic ceiling where the leaks are, but what’s the best way to repair them? -- Greta in Topeka, Kansas

A: You can patch those leaky spots for now, but you’ll want to have your roof evaluated by a professional as soon as possible. In the meantime, here’s how you can minimize the damage.

Indoors, place containers underneath the leaks to catch rainwater, and dry up damp areas as they occur. Next, since you’ve already marked the leak sources, make sure their locations can be found from outside on the roof.

You can do this in two ways: at each leaky spot, drive a large nail through the underside of the roof, upward -- this will punch through or push up the shingle above, marking the spot; or, measure the distance between each leak and the nearest feature that can be seen outside -- like the chimney, a vent opening or the roof peak.

From there, a spot repair should be made on the roof. Always work with a partner and a safety rope. On a dry day, head up there with some roofing cement, a couple of spare shingles, a utility knife, roofing nails, a hammer and a flat pry bar.

At the leak spot, remove the big marking nail -- it’s no longer needed. Evaluate the area. If the shingle above is loose or torn, seal back in place with a generous application of roofing cement. If it’s missing, install a new shingle by sliding it into place under the shingle above the missing part (carefully loosen the upper shingle if necessary, using the pry bar), tacking down with roofing cement and securing with a couple of roofing nails (nail them along the top of the replacement shingle, under the overlapping shingle, then press the overlapping shingle down over them).

Sometimes, leaks occur at roof joints -- where the roof meets a corner, or a chimney. Metal flashing is in place to sluice water away from these joints, but gaps often occur after a few years thanks to warping and debris strikes. Patch the flashing with roofing cement for now, and have it evaluated for replacement in the near future.

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