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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 33

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The streets at the intersection of Airport Drive and River Street, in addition to being closed Tuesday, will also be closed today from 6 AM - 6 PM due to street paving. Please contact the Carthage Street Department at 417-237-7020 for more information.

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

Why can’t you be like that?

Jill tells her husband, "Jack, that young couple that just moved in next door seem such a loving twosome. Every morning, when he leaves the house, he kisses her goodbye, and every evening when he comes homes, he brings her a dozen roses.

Now, why can’t you do that?"

"Gosh," Jack says, "why I hardly know the girl."

He is new to baseball

Coming home from his Little League game, Billy swung open the front door very excited. Unable to attend the game, his father immediately wanted to know what happened. "So, how did you do son?" he asked.

"You’ll never believe it!" Billy said. "I was responsible for the winning run!"

"Really? How’d you do that?"

"I dropped the ball."

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

North Brothers Make Hit.

North Brothers’ Comedy company and the Chicago Ladies’ orchestra played to a full house last night at the Lyric airdome theater and made one of the biggest hits of the season. The reserved seats were full to overflowing and the circus seats were filled all around the circle.

The play presented was "Amy of the Circus," a sweet little drama filled with pathos and joy. Some parts were hilariously funny and others appealed to the tenderest sympathies of the audience. The company is an excellent one and is able to portray the most subtle of human emotions.

The Chicago Ladies’ orchestra gives half an hour’s concert before the performance and also plays between the acts. It is a very high class organization and the members are certainly able musicians.

The specialties given last night were all clean and kept the audience convulsed with laughter.

  Today's Feature

Use of City Pool for Dog Swim Questioned.

The City Council Public Services Committee voted Monday evening to allow the promoters of the proposed dog park to use the City swimming pool for a dog swim fund raiser later this month after the pool closes to the public for the season. The recommendation still needs the approval of the full Council according to committee members.

The recommendation also must be approved by City Attorney Nate Dally according to the motion that was passed. The committee had several reservations concerning the event including liability questions and the fact that the group is not a state recognized not-for-profit organization.

The Council has already approve the use of City park property for the project, but the Dog Park organization is responsible for any expenses involved,

Director of Parks & Recreation Alan Bull told the committee that he was confident that any funds raised would be used for the dog park, but there had been instances when the use of City facilities for free by for-profit organizations were seen as unfit use of City resources.

Just Jake Talkin'

I don’t know who came up with it, but those paper towels that are only half as big as the regular ones make a lot a sense. I haven’t done any price comparison, but most a the time those half sheets are plenty.

It’s gotten to the point that when I pull off a full size sheet I’m tempted to tear in in half. ‘Course the fact that anyone would worry about the cost and still use paper towels at all is a little odd. The thought of usin’ a damp rag that can be rinsed out doesn’t cross the mind of most anymore it would seem. Easier to pitch that little spill in the trash.

Maybe some enterprisin’ marketin’ expert will come up with half-half sheets for those wantin’ to really get the most from their disposables. Call it a dribble towel.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns


By JoAnn Derson

• "When painting, coat the tops of your hands with petroleum jelly. A light coat will do. Then, when you are finished, the specks of paint from the roller will slide right off. The bonus is, your hands will feel soft as well." -- T.C. in Texas

• "During hurricane season, when you lose power, bring in charged solar lights to use instead of candles or flashlights. It’s safe, and you can carry them around the house -- very important for those who use oxygen at home. Just remember to put them outside during the day to charge." -- J.G., via e-mail

• "If you’re tired of throwing away hard marshmallows, store them in the freezer, bag and all. Whenever you want to use any, take as many as you want, and they will be soft in a few seconds." -- M.H. in South Dakota

• Remove leftover glue from price stickers by buffing it with a pinch of peanut butter and a paper towel. Be sure to use this tip on hard, nonporous surfaces only.

• If you subscribe to a lot of magazines, you know that they can pile up quickly. One way to get rid of ones you’ve read is to recycle, but how about checking with local senior centers or laundries to see if they might like to have them?

• Go Green Tip: Looking to upgrade your portfolio? Why not consider adding green funds or socially responsible funds to your mix of investments? These are funds that invest in environmental or socially responsible industries or companies. Talk with your financial adviser about what options are available to you.

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