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Monday, December 28, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 132

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Did Ya Know?... The Recycling Center will be open for operation from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2009. Normal days are Tue. - Sat.

today's laugh

Newspaper Headlines in the Year 2035

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

Spotted Owl plague threatens Western North America crops & livestock.

35 year study: diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

Nursing home event... Bill Clinton denies allegations of affair with candy striper.

Texas executes last remaining citizen.

Baby conceived naturally.....scientists stumped.

Ozone created by electric cars now killing thousands in Los Angeles.

Average height of NBA players now nine foot seven inches.

New California law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, and baseball bats be registered by January 2036.

Authentic year 2000 "chad" sells at Sotheby’s for $4.6 million.

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

Close Call on the Rails.

Early yesterday morning, in a downpour of painful rain an electric car was nearly thrown off the tracks. The motorman threw on his brakes, but the wheels slid along the rails as though they had been covered with grease. He then reveresed his motors, but the wheels spun around backwards without taking hold. The controller handle was thrown around until all the current was going through the motors, but without any effect. The car jammed into the flat cars, which comprised the train, and some of the passengers piled out of the back door with the greatest celerity some of them had displayed for years.

The front vestibule of the car was smashed into kindling wood, but, strange to say the motorman who stayed by his car, escaped without injury. No one else was injured as well. The car did not leave the rails and didn’t blockade the track for more than a few minutes.

  Today's Feature

End of the Year Leaf Pick-up.

(This article is reprinted from last Monday as a final reminder.)

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.

Just Jake Talkin'

I see by the ads for the little round "o" cereal that tests have shown that eatin’ three cups of the stuff a day, plus a "sensible" diet, can reduce cholesterol levels. Three cups. I’d have ta guess that eatin’ a bale a hay would do the same.

I’m figurin’ that most folks don’t put much stock in the studies promoted by the food industry. I can’t tell ya if eggs are good for ya or not, but I can tell ya if they are cooked long enough. I suppose those study folks need somethin’ to do, but ya gotta wonder if there is any real value in it all.

The last scare was some virus in hot dogs and processed meat. Several companies I understand. That could lower your cholesterol, to zero, from what I hear.

I’m sure we have ‘bout the safest food distribution set up on the planet. Studies have shown it, so it must be true.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By Samantha Mazzotta

Will Drywall Work Affect Mom’s Health?

Q: My mom’s house -- built in 1950 -- was caught in hurricane Charley in 2004. There are some medium-sized water stains in the drywall that need to be repaired before the living room is painted. My mother suffers from emphysema, and I am worried that work being done on the drywall will affect her. What would be the best way to deal with this project, and what products are best to be used. Don’t suggest opening the windows, because this house is so old the windows are stuck closed. -- Amanda H. in Florida

A: Actually, just opening windows to ventilate the house would not improve air quality if the water-stained drywall also has a mold issue. If black mold is visible on the water-stained area, make sure no one attempts repairs without properly protecting their lungs and eyes.

Even if black mold is not a problem, other molds or additional particulates, such as dust from deteriorating sections of drywall, can cause irritation. At the least, while repairing the damage, wall off the area being worked on with sheets of plastic that drape from ceiling to floor, and wear a filter mask (not a paper dust mask, but a face-covering mask with filter connections). Professional repair crews often set up a fan that moves air outside, helping keep dust particles from building up.

However, if you’re very concerned about how well your mother will fare in that environment, arrange to have her stay with family until the repair is completed and dust has been cleared away.

Repairing the damaged drywall is not too difficult. Ideally, if the drywall can be removed at the seams -- which generally line up along a stud -- then the replacement sheet can be hung in the same spot with little trimming needed. I unfortunately can’t go into too much detail here, so I recommend picking up a book on drywall installation and repair before taking on the task. If you have a friend or two with experience in hanging drywall -- even better.

Before placing the replacement drywall, inspect the interior wall to make sure no additional damage or mold has occurred and that no more water leaks are happening. If you detect water leaks, find the source of the leak and repair it before replacing the drywall.

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