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Monday, July 13, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 16

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital is having a Grief Support Group on July 14th in their Felix E. Wright Chapel. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 359-2636.

Did Ya Know?... "Magic Moments Riding Therapy" is currently in need of volunteers to work with our riders on Saturday mornings and also Monday or Thursday evenings. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, unafraid of horses, and can put aside one or two hours during one of these times, please call 417-325-4490 today for more information.

today's laugh

Main Vice President

Tom was so excited about his promotion to Vice President of the company he worked for and kept bragging about it to his wife for weeks on end.

Finally she couldn’t take it any longer, and told him, "Listen, it means nothing, they even have a vice president of peas at the grocery store!".

"Really?" he said. Not sure if this was true or not, Tom decided to call the grocery store.

A clerk answers and Tom says "Can I please talk to the Vice President of peas?"

The clerk replies "Canned or frozen?"

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

Great Damage by Lightning.

Some recent estimates place the loss to electric companies due to lightning at between $300,000 and $450,000 annually. Many forms of lightning arresters have been devised to safeguard electrical machinery by carrying off lightning discharges to the ground, but none offer absolute protection under all conditions. Usually a number of these instruments are placed on every long transmission line, some at the station and others along the line.

The function of the lightning arrester in any electric installation is to relieve the conductors of any excessive electric potential difference that may exist between them and the earth, and at the same time prevent an excessive overflow from one conductor to the other should there be a simultaneous discharge over any two conductors differing in potential.

  Today's Feature

Blunt’s 13th Annual Southwest Missouri Agriculture Tour

The 13th Annual Southwest Missouri Agriculture Tour, hosted by Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt, will have an emphasis on urban agriculture, gardening and agri-businesses when it rolls out on August 10 and 11. Stops also include dairies, a cheese making plant, beef herds, miniature horses and a local vineyard and winery.

"The 2009 agriculture tour will take a new look at an old practice that is making a popular comeback--gardening," Blunt said. "As with past tours, the Southwest Missouri Agriculture Tour will be as diverse as the region’s rural economy. The sixty participants will get a firsthand look at the practices and the technologies that make Southwest Missouri’s billion-dollar agriculture economy vital to the region’s overall economic health."

The tour will begin at Springfield’s Nathanael Greene Park to see the vegetable bed that produces produce each year for charity. The tour will also observe Joplin’s Franklin Technology Center’s FFA urban agri-science program which includes gardening, aquaculture and landscaping. In Monett, officials from the Tyson Poultry Plant will explain its award-winning waste water program, and the tour will also visit the Dairy Farmers of America Cheese Plant to see curds and whey being made. The Ag Tour will also inspect a forage-based dairy south of Monett, a beef farm in western Lawrence County, and the new Veterinarian Technology Program at Crowder College.

The second day of the 2009 Agriculture Tour begins with a visit to a ranch that breeds, raises and trains national grand champion miniature horses east of Springfield. The tour travels just north of Springfield to a winery, a 15-acre vineyard and an urban farm that produces organic vegetables, chickens, and pork. This day also includes visits to a dairy and a beef farm north of Morrisville. The beef farm is using switch grass for forage. Switch grass, a native grass normally used in conservation programs, is also being considered as a source for alternative fuels.

Just Jake Talkin'

Wearin’ a helmet while ridin’ a bicycle just makes good sense. ‘Course growin’ up I never even considered the idea. Didn’t bother me any. Back then, anyone ‘fraid to take their lumps didn’t need ta be tacklin’ a two wheeler. Ya might as well of had a set of trainin’ wheels. If I ever had a helmet on while peddlin’ a bike, I was on the way to a neighborhood touch football game (at least that’s what our parents were told. Typically there was plenty of real tacklin’ goin’ on. Didn’t bother me any.)

The real bumps to the head in my case were those times playin’ hide and seek in the dark and runnin’ into the clothsline pole. Only happened a couple a times I can remember. Then the baseball bat incident. Don’t ‘member that one much either. The head is a terrible thing ta waste.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR HAMMER: I hope this tip will be useful to some of your readers. I’m a die-hard do-it-yourselfer, and every spare moment I’m finding something else to do around the house. I also don’t like to putter around too much when I start a project, so I keep a lot of things organized where I can grab them and get going.

For painting, there is a metal shelf unit in my garage where used and new paint cans, brushes, rollers and pans are kept. Whenever my wife retires a set of bedsheets, I fold up the flat sheets in a box on the shelf to use as dropcloths. I also keep a filter mask and goggles, a box of disposable rubber gloves, an old flannel shirt and a pair of old sneakers in that box. So all I have to do is grab that box, the paint I need and brushes, and I’m ready to go.

Painter’s tape is also good for more than just masking-off areas. Since I usually have to remove socket and light switch covers in order to paint the walls, I stick the small screws that attach them to a piece of painter’s tape and then put that tape on the back of the cover.

Hope your readers will get some organizing ideas from this! -- Jared in Unionville, Conn.

DEAR JARED: Great tips, and many thanks for sharing them. As you can see, organizing a DIY-friendly garage or storage area doesn’t mean you need to have strict categories and neat shelves. Things can be grouped in certain areas -- such as painting supplies or lawn-care tools -- and placed in containers that are easy to grab and take to the work area.

Readers, do you have organizing tips you’d like to share? Pass them on!

HOME TIP: When painting a masonry or wood walkway, mix fine sand into the paint. The sand will provide added traction when the walkway is wet.

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