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Monday, December 7, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 118

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...The First United Methodist Church, 7 & Main will hold their annual Holiday Breakfast and cookie walk on Sat. Dec. 12. 8 a.m. to noon. All you can eat breakfast $4 per person.

today's laugh

A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink. "Why of course," comes the reply.

The first man then asks: "Where are you from?" "I’m from Ireland," replies the second man.

The first man responds: "You don’t say, I’m from Ireland too! Let’s have another round to Ireland.""Of Course," replies the second man. Curious, the first man then asks: "Where in Ireland are you from?"

"Dublin," comes the reply. "I can’t believe it," says the first man. "I’m from Dublin too! Let’s have another drink to Dublin." "Of course," replies the second man. Curiosity again strikes and the first man asks: "What school did you go to?" "Saint Mary’s," replies the second man. "I graduated in ‘62." "This is unbelievable!" the first man says. "I went to Saint Mary’s and I graduated in ‘62, too!"

About that time in comes one of the regulars and sits down at the bar. "What’s been going on?" he asks the bartender.

"Nothing much," replies the bartender. "The O’Malley twins are drunk again."

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

A Collision in the Dark.

Karl Burke, son of J.M. Burke, while riding horseback, collided with a horse and buggy in which Scot Rodeman, of Kendricktown, was driving to town. The accident happened between seven and eight o’clock Saturday night about a hundred yards south of the water works pumping station. The night was very dark and the horsemen did not see one another. One shaft of the buggy was broken and one wheel injured. The buggy was nearly tipped over by the plunging of the horse hitched to it, and Mr. Rodeman and a boy who was riding with him were both thrown out.

They were not much hurt but both got very muddy. The horse kept on plunging until it pulled through the harness and ran up the street loose, but was caught and taken home. Young Burke was thrown off the horse he was riding, but aside from a big bump on his head, showed no effects of the catastrophy.

  Today's Feature

YMCA Youth Programs Underway.

Sign-up for the Fair Acres Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball & Cheerleading programs is underway now at the Y located at 2600 Grand Avenue in Carthage.

Basketball is open all boys and girls ages 4-8th grade. Cheerleading is open to girls or boys in Pre-K thru 8th grade.

Cost to register for YMCA Youth Basketball or Cheerleading is $23 for Y-Members and $40 for Non-Members with a $10 late-fee taking effect after January 6th.

The Y will host a Coaches Clinic and participant evaluation for Basketball. Practices will start the week of January 18th and games begin January 31st. Games take place on Saturdays with practice during the week.

YMCA Program Director, Jonathan Roberts, said, "Volunteers are critical to our youth sports program. We encourage parents to get involved as coaches, assistant coaches, timekeepers, scorekeepers, officials and in other capacities that render support to their children. Please let us know of your willingness to help at the time you register your child." Roberts also noted the uniqueness of the Y Sports, "every child plays in our programs. There are no tryouts, no cuts, and every child participates regardless of size or skill level. We don’t remove competition from sports; we just try to keep it in proper perspective. Winning is important, but so is having a good time, participating, learning new skills, forming life-long friendships, and learning to respect coaches, officials, teammates, and opponents."

For more information about YMCA Youth Basketball contact Jonathan Roberts at the Fair Acres Family YMCA at 417-358-2070.

Just Jake Talkin'

There always seems ta be an exception to the rule.

Most children spend most a there wakin’ hours tryin’ to figure out such loop holes. This typically takes the form of bein’ very specific in the interpretation of the rule.

"Don’t throw peas at your brother" is way too specific. To an inventive youngster this would still leave the option of carrot or green bean throwin’ available. And of course the completely different activity of droppin’ or squirtin’ various vegetables would also be outside the limits specified.

The fact is that most kids are very observant learners. The parents most likely used this "exception" rule to their advantage from time to time. This culminates in the ultimate "do as I say, not as I do" exception.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By Samantha Mazzotta

Quick Concrete Fixes

Q: My concrete driveway runs right up next to the house. I noticed yesterday a crack running from where the driveway meets the corner of the house. How can I fix this? I’m worried that water will seep through the crack into the basement. -- Carl in Trenton, N.J.

A: If the crack is not very wide -- less than 1/8 inch -- and you don’t see any water seeping into the basement from that corner, patch the crack with concrete caulk or a concrete patching compound on a dry day.

A wider crack can be temporarily patched by brushing out debris, then filling the crack with sand and covering with waterproof tape. This will stop water seepage for a few days, at least, until you can make the time to permanently patch the driveway.

On a dry day, uncover and brush the sand out of the crack. Using a small chisel and hammer, smooth the inside walls of the crack and angle them slightly so that the crack is slightly wider at the bottom than at the top. Mix up a batch of concrete -- just enough to fill the crack, plus a little extra. Spray a little water from a handheld spray bottle into the crack, then use a trowel to smooth the concrete into the crack. Pack the concrete in firmly until it mounds over the surface; then smooth it even.

Allow the patch to air-dry for a couple of hours. Then, cover the patched surface with plastic sheeting to prevent any moisture from getting in. The patch must cure for about five days.

HOME TIP: When purchasing concrete, buy only what you need for the job, as it doesn’t store well and is very susceptible to moisture.

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