No one can
fracture a Christmas carol better than a kid. Sing along
with these new takes on old favorites:
Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly
We three kings of porridge and tar
On the first day of Christmas my tulip
gave to me
Later on well perspire, as we
dream by the fire.
Hes makin a list, chicken
Noel. Noel, Barneys the king of
With the jelly toast proclaim
Olive, the other reindeer.
Frosty the Snowman is a ferret elf, I
Sleep in heavenly peas
In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is sparse and brown
Youll go down in listerine
Oh, what fun it is to ride with one
horse, soap and hay
Come, froggy faithful
Good tidings we bring to you and your
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Pastor of the Westminster
At a meeting of
the members of the Westminster Presbyterian church, held
last night at the church, a unanimous call was extended
to Dr. Wm Frost Bishop, of Liberty, Missouri, to accept
the pastorate of this church. Assurance had previously
been received from Dr. Bishop that he would accept the
call. Dr. Bishop has preached twice for the congregation
and he is well liked. He will remove his family to
Carthage in a short time.
Wetzel, who is now devoting all his attention to his
milling interests at Galesburg, spent Sunday with his
family in this city. The Galesburg mills are having a
fine run on their "Whole Wheat Burr Flour," the
strong point about which is that it contains all the food
properties of the wheat.
End of the Year
The City of Carthage Street
will continue picking up leaves at the curbside
through Thursday, December 31, 2009.
Residents are asked if they
have leaves they would like picked up, to rake
them to the back of the curb, not in the street,
and call the Street Department before December 31
to have leaves picked up.
Since the leaf pick up program
started on November 1st, 370 loads of leaves have
been hauled to the Recycling Center and 1,080
curbside stops have been made.
For more information call the
Carthage Street Department at 358-7020.
The Department also as arranged
for Allied Waste Services to pick the additional
items on their regularly scheduled garbage pick
up day from December 28th through January 1st to
allow residents to remove extra boxes and paper
after the Christmas holiday.
The Recycling Center will be
open for operation from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on
Monday, December 28, 2009.
Saw a group a boys
jumpin a chat pile on their bicycles
the other day. Get a good run and up one
side, seein how far they dared to fly
in mid air.
We used to go down to the
spot where the highway crews kept various
mounds of this and that for the roads. For
those who have never tried this, there is a
direct relationship to the amount of
intestinal fortitude and how far you fly.
There are various methods to control the
ascent, speed bein the most critical.
There is an art to goin fast up to the
last split second and then brakin just
a little to lesson the jump. After a few
jumps on one particular day, yours truly
decided to go all out. I managed to stay
upright on landin, but I also managed
to sit squarely on the exposed rear tire upon
impact. Those knobby tires made quite an
impression on me.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Wobbly Chair Leg
Is Easy to Repair
Q: Weve entertained a lot
of guests over the holidays, and a couple of our
kitchen chairs are showing the strain.
Theyre a bit wobbly, and Id like to
fix them rather than throw them out. How
difficult would the job be? -- Katie in Marietta,
A: Wobbly chairs generally can
be repaired quickly. If the chairs are antiques,
Id recommend having them repaired by a
professional, but if theyre everyday chairs
and you just want them to stay functional, you
can fix them yourself.
Inspect the extent of the
damage by turning the chairs upside down. A
common weak point for most chairs is the joints,
where legs and seat connect. Doweled joints have
round pegs holding the wood together, while
mortise-and-tenon joints have a prong or tongue
attaching the two pieces of wood. Triangular
blocks are often glued around the joints to
If the joints are just loose
without any cracks in the wood, they can be
re-glued. Carefully loosen the leg from the joint
-- use a small flathead screwdriver or stiff
putty knife to assist. Scrape old glue out of the
joint and from the connector peg (or tongue).
Apply fresh wood glue and slip the peg or tongue
back into the joint. You may want to clamp the
joint while its drying to make sure the leg
stays in place.
What if the connector peg or
tongue is smaller than the groove? This can
happen as wood expands or shrinks over the years.
If you dont care about appearances you can
shim around the joint with very thin pieces of
wood (soft pine is good). Place a shim on each
side of the inside of the joint, and slip the
connector into the joint to make sure the fit is
tight. Then remove everything, glue the shims
into place, apply glue to the connector and slip
it into place. After the glue dries, carefully
cut away the ends of the shims so that
theyre flush with the wood.
If a chair leg or
one of the horizontal rungs is cracked, its
better to replace that part. Carefully remove the
damaged part and take it to a home-improvement
store to find a similar size and shape.
HOME TIP: For quick furniture
repairs, wood glue and C-clamps are an essential
part of any do-it-yourselfers toolkit.
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