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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 115

did ya know?


Did Ya Know?... The VFW Men’s Auxiliary will hold a turkey shoot every Sunday, from 1 p.m until 5 p.m. at the Post at the intersection of 96 & 171 highways. Public Invited, male and female.

Did Ya Know?....Saturday Jam at Red OakII every Sat. from 5 p.m. till 9. All acoustic instruments welcome.

today's laugh

Picture it: rural area, Sunday morning, church is packed and the devil decides to pay a visit.

The doors burst open, and a roiling black cloud rolls in with the devil in its midst. People jump out of the pews and run outdoors, screaming - all except for two. One is the Pastor, the other is an elderly farmer.

Satan is a bit perplexed. He points to the Pastor and says, "You! I can understand why you didn’t run away, you are in your Lord’s house, you preach against me everyday and you aren’t afraid of me. But YOU (points to the farmer), why didn’t you run out scared like everyone else?"

The farmer crosses one leg over the other and drawls, "Why, I’m surprised you don’t recognize me...I’ve been married to your sister for 36 years!"

The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs.

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


The Sycamore street bridge over the Missouri Pacific railway has been completed and Mayor Harrington, Street Commissioner Eness and City Engineer Edwards drove out this morning, inspected the work and accepted the structure in the name of the city.

It is one of the largest and best bridges of the kind in the city and is the culmination of a twelve year fight with the Missouri Pacific railway to get a bridge built at this crossing, which is the last one where such a structure is necessary.

The city council recently requested that the graded approached to this bridge be rounded up in the middle, thus giving proper drainage at each side of the road, but the contractor already had the approaches graded flat, and as it was according to the specifications previously accepted by the city, the change could not be required.

The Missouri Pacific not only built this bridge, but have to keep it in repair.

  Today's Feature

H1N1 Vaccine Clinic.

Joplin City and Jasper County Health Departments have scheduled an H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the Clinic will be at Access Family Care, 530 Maiden Lane in Joplin. During the clinic, the live, attenuated influenza vaccine, commonly know as nasal spray will be administered. The 2009 H1N1 spray vaccine is recommended for healthy people age 2 years to 49 years.

Due to the limited availability of the H1N1 vaccine from CDC, eligibility to receive the vaccine during this clinic will be based on the CDC’s recommended priority groups which include:

• healthy people aged between 2 years to 24 years of age:

• healthy people ages 2-49 living with or caring for infants younger than 6 months of age; and

• health care or emergency medical personnel up to age 49 with no chronic health conditions.

Children 9 years of age and younger that have received on dose of H1N1 should receive another dose it has been at least 28 days from the first.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve gotten into a couple a conversations ‘bout the trials of bein’ a kid in the last week or two. Not the stuff ya hear about taday, the important trials like fallin’ off a bike or gettin’ hit with a baseball.

I suppose as a kid we didn’t think much of a broken arm or a sprained ankle as bein’ anything that devastatin’. That’s why takin’ some risks while at play was so common. I was shown scars ta prove it.

I suppose I was fortunate that durin’ these conversations there were plenty of stories bein’ told and I didn’t get the chance to relay any of my own. I always thought of my childhood as bein’ filled with some adventure or another, but it seems it was pretty typical of the times. But even today skinned knees are pretty good teachers.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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By JoAnn Derson

• "When cutting Christmas wrapping paper, I open my adjustable dining-room table just a crack so a paring knife fits in. Then lay the paper flat, and by following the crack, you can cut a straight line, and it is so quick to do." -- H.H. in Minnesota

• "To substitute for sprinkles on cupcakes at Christmastime, we freeze gumdrops and shred them on a fine shredder. They are so pretty, and really festive." -- B., via e-mail

• "We let the kids decorate our holiday storage tubs last year with a mass of stickers and permanent markers. It seemed like decoration overkill at the time (they were 3 and 5), but there was no mistaking those tubs when we went to get them from the attic this year. They stood WAY out!" -- T.C. in Tennessee

• You can get baskets and containers year-round at second-hand stores. And while you’re at it, clean and save glass jars. Get yourself a nice bread, cookie or brownie recipe, and create a recipe gift for a personal touch. Stick a few utensils and perhaps canned ingredients in the basket, and you’re ready to give the gift of yummy.

• "Have one spouse get the kids out of the way (say, by taking them to the park) while the other is tackling big chores such as cooking, cleaning or hanging holiday lights." -- E.E. in Idaho

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