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Monday, July 20, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 21

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Powers Museum has a new telephone number. The new number is 417-237-0456. All previous numbers no longer will be in service.

Did Ya Know?... St. John’s is having a Prestige Bingo night on July 21st at 10 AM in their Mercy Conference Room. Call 417-625-2962.

Did Ya Know?... There will be a Grief Support Group at the McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital Felix E. Wright Chapel on July 21st from 1:30-3:00 PM. Meeting is free and open to the public. For information call 359-2636.

today's laugh

Piloting your plane

An F-111 was flying escort with a B-52 and generally making a nuisance of himself by flying rolls around the lumbering old bomber.

The message for the B-52 crew was, "Anything you can do, I can do better."

Not to be outdone, the bomber pilot announced that he would rise to the challenge.

The B-52 continued its flight, straight and level, however.

Perplexed, the fighter pilot asked, "So? What did you do?"

"We just shut down two engines."

- Everything worthwhile is mandatory, prohibited, or taxed.

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


Husband and Two Counties Have Pushed Demented Mary Turner On.

Mary Turner, demented, is the wife of a Joplin miner, who on August 5 sent her to Carthage for the court’s disposal. The court adjudged her to be demented and ordered her sent back to Stone county, from where the husband said they had come, but a short time before. Deputy Constable Hopkins of Joplin took her to Galena, Stone county, on August 5.

This morning Sheriff M.A. Lee of Stone County arrived here from Galena with the woman, her bundle of rags and a paper declaring that she would be delivered over to Jasper county, from whence she had come.

Sheriff Warren refused to receive the woman at the jail and the Stone county official took her away.

  Today's Feature

Health Care Plan will Increase Costs.

House Health Care Solutions Group Chairman Roy Blunt issued the following statement in response to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf’s confirmation that the Democrats’ plan for a government-takeover of health care will raise costs for Americans:

"CBO Director Doug Elmendorf today confirmed what we had long known: the Democrats’ trillion-plus-dollar government-takeover of health care will increase – not lower – costs for American families.

"In addition to hiking taxes on small businesses, killing jobs and limiting access, their plan will boost our ballooning deficit and pass the costs on to future generations, all while increasing the costs of basic health care for all Americans."

Blunt announced he will introduce legislation saying:

"If they think this plan is good enough for the people they represent, then it ought to be good enough for them too. I will introduce an amendment to their bill requiring all federal elected officials, including President Obama and Vice-President Biden, to enroll in the government-run plan. "

Just Jake Talkin'

I still remember that early chess game with some distant relative as a kid. We both were just learnin’ the game, but this kid was bein’ a real jerk about all he knew about the game. After several games, he had prob’ly won more than I had, but he kept insistin’ his superior knowledge of the game and the rules was his advantage.

Durin’ what I recall as our last encounter, he made a critical move that was an obvious stupid mistake. When I capitalized on the error, he insisted that wasn’t the move he had intended, he wanted to take it back. I of course reminded him that after he removed his hand from the piece, the move stood. He whined and moaned how unfair I was bein’. The rules obviously applied to me but not to him. At that point the game was secondary, the lesson primary.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns



By Samantha Mazzotta

Stripping Old Finish From Hardwood Floor

Q: I’d like to refinish the hardwood floor in our upstairs common area. I’m pretty sure it was installed when the house was built. The floor has some sort of shiny finish (or it used to be shiny), though I’m not sure what it is. Will this matter when I strip this finish off? Do you have any tips to speed the process? -- Mel in Knoxville, Tenn.

A: Knowing what type of finish is on the floor will help you choose the right type of stripper, if you intend to use a chemical stripper rather than sand the finish off.

Head up to the area with a few cotton swabs, some denatured alcohol and a bit of lacquer thinner. To test the finish, rub a cotton ball soaked with the alcohol on a small area. If the finish starts to come off, then it’s probably shellac. If it doesn’t come off, soak a different cotton ball with lacquer thinner and rub a different area. If the finish comes off here, you’re dealing with a lacquer finish. If neither solvent brings up the finish, it’s probably polyurethane varnish.

This is important because is when you go to the home-improvement store to buy a chemical stripper, you’re going to need to choose the one that works best with the finish on your floor. You’ll also need a rinsing solvent that’s compatible with the type of stripper you choose, to neutralize the chemical afterward.

To work with chemical stripper, make sure the area is well-ventilated and wear a respirator mask, gloves and goggles. Apply the stripper with a paintbrush, covering only a small area at a time. Let the stripper work for the amount of time recommended on the bottle, then use a nylon scraper to scrape away the old finish. Scrape in line with the wood grain.

Once the entire floor is stripped, dip an abrasive pad into the rinsing solvent and scrub the floor. Don’t use water to rinse the floor. Remove residual sludge, particularly between the floorboards (use a small putty knife for this).

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