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Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 120

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.

Did Ya Know?... There will be a Red Cross blood drive at the Nazarene Church , 2000 Grand, from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday December 10.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Humane Society is sponsoring a free coloring contest for ages 5-10. Pictures to be colored can be picked up at the Humane Society or at the Pancake Hut. Deadline is Dec. 15. For info call 358-6402

today's laugh

A day without sunshine is like, night.

On the other hand, you have different fingers.

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges

Honk if you love peace and quiet.

Remember half the people you know are below average.

Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?

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

A Moonlight Sleigh Ride.

A jolly party of young people in a big bobsled had a gay moonlight ride around the streets of Carthage last night. An attempt to stop on the square near a car that was off the track irritated one of the horses and his plunges frightened some of the party, who jumped out into the snow on all sides. As the horse could not be induced to stand still, they then had to race after the sled and climb in it while it was under motion. Of course this resulted in much laughter and was considered great fun.

After the ride the party adjourned to C. A. Emry’s house on South Maple street, where an oyster supper was served. The sled belong to Homer and Ray Stanley, and their guests, were Misses Edna, Mamie and Winifred Emry, Ada, Lulu and Bessie Stanley, Eva and Nannie Rankin, Myrtie Morton and Minnie Hiatt; Ernest Wheeler and Will Barnhart.

  Today's Feature

Master Gardener Program to Begin.

Jasper County University of Missouri Extension will be sponsoring a Missouri Master Gardener program, beginning in January. The program is designed to train volunteers in various aspects of horticulture. The Master Gardeners participate in a wide variety of community service projects and assist University of Missouri Extension in providing unbiased educational information to the public.

A person who wishes to become a Master Gardener is required to attend 30 hours of training, and agree to return 30 hours of volunteer service during the following year. The fee is $125, but thanks to the support of the Ozark Gateway Master Gardener organization, the cost to those enrolling will be $95.

Topics to be covered in the basic sessions include an orientation to the Master Gardener program; plant physiology; winter tree identification and tree care; soils and plant nutrition; woody ornamentals; insects; annuals and perennials; plant diagnostics; vegetable production; home lawn and turf; and home fruit production.

Contact Ed Browning or Janet LaFon, Courthouse Basement, 417-358-2158.

Just Jake Talkin'

I suppose ever’one has a favorite Snoopy cartoon.

Mine was the day after Christmas where the piano playin’ character was showin’ Chuck all the gifts he had received.

"It’s terrible, just terrible," he said.

Chuck said ever’thing looked pretty good to him.

"That’s what I mean," was the reply. "I got everything I asked for. How am I ever going to be able to build any character?"

I suppose most of us would have been happy with a little less character and a few more gifts.

I personally have know a few characters in my time. Some of ‘em thought they were the ultimate gift.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By JoAnn Derson

• Go Green Tip: Even I am guilty of loving the big box stores, but for a nice gift alternative, check out your local farmers’ market. Stalls are popping up with locally made treasures and handcrafts. Avoid the long lines and pick up something special while supporting your local craftspeople.

• Keep those special chains and necklaces untangled. Slip them through a drinking straw and then fasten the clasp. The chain will stay straight, and you can store many together this way.

• "Have you forgotten what you gave your friends or relatives on birthdays/Christmas/holidays? Simply use your calendar on the appropriate day, making a note of what and to whom you gave a gift. Where Easter/Christmas has a long list, there is usually space at the top or bottom of the page of the month." -- P.B. in British Colombia, Canada

• M.S. in Missouri writes: "If you are short a serving tray, use a large enough piece of cardboard and wrap it up in aluminum foil. You also can use holiday boxes lined with a coordinating-color tea towel to serve breads."

• If you have an indentation in your carpet from furniture legs, try placing an ice cube in the indentation and letting it melt. Moisture is slowly introduced into the fibers as the ice cube melts, and this can sometimes plump them up!

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