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Monday, May 18, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 233
Did Ya Know?... The City of
Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes Monday, May 18th
- Friday, May 22nd. Your area will be sprayed in the
evening of the day your garbage is picked up between 8:00
p.m. and midnight. Residents are asked to turn off attic
or window fans when sprayer is in your immediate area.
Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks
Hospital will hold a free Friends & Family CPR course
May 19th 6-8:00 p.m. Call to register @ 417-359-1351.
Did Ya Know?... Carthage High
School Graduation will be held May 19th at the new
Carthage High School, 2600 South River, 7:30 p.m.
St. Peter and
Satan were having an argument one day about baseball.
Satan proposed a game to be played on neutral grounds
between a select team from the heavenly host and his own
"Very well," said the
gatekeeper of Heaven. "But you realize, I hope, that
weve got all the good players and the best
"I know, and thats all
right," Satan answered unperturbed. "Weve
got all the umpires."
"You can observe a lot by just
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Marshal Bruffett is in receipt of a
letter of inquiry from Victoria, British Columbia, as
"Would you kindly inform me of
anyone who could tell me of any relative of Thomas Kerr
(or Hess) or his wife whose maiden name was Catherine
Blevens? They lived at Carthage in the year of 1860 or
1861. Address Mrs. I.J. Ferrin, 154 Pandora street."
Anyone who could enlighten the inquirer
would no doubt do a great favor by communicating either
with her or Marshal Bruffett.
Mrs. A. Biffer and family start
tomorrow from San Diego, California, for Carthage.
They have been visiting several months
with Mrs. Biffers daughter, Mrs. E.E. Roessler, who
lives on a lemon ranch near San Diego.
Festival June 12-13.
The 8th Annual Carthage
Acoustic Music Festival is on schedule to provide
a diverse mix of acoustic performers on June 12
and 13. The evet is held on the Carthage
Courthouse Square and the all day Saturday event
is "absolutely free to the public."
The popular open stage will
continue this year with performers signing up to
show their talent from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Booked bands play from 1 p.m. til 10 p.m.
"Anyone with the guts to
get on stage is allowed ten minutes for
individuals and twenty minutes for groups,"
says festival director H.J. Johnson.
There are no tapes or
electronic instruments are allowed by performers.
Returning as one of the booked
bands is the popular Alferd Packer Memorial
String Band. The group impressed the audience
last year with its novel and talented
performances. This year the group will also be
featured in the Friday evening concert at the old
High School Auditorium.
Also playing at the Friday show
will be Vern Young. Dobro player Joe Smith will
join Young on stage for a reunion show and play
with his group on Saturday. Tickets for the
Friday show are $8.
I see where they say there
is a brisk market for sump pumps over the
last couple a weeks. As a kid I was surprised
that the newly constructed house we moved
into had one of those contraptions in the
concrete basement. Figured there
shouldnt be any water gettin into
such a fortified structure. Over the years I
was educated to the fact that basements get
water in em. Just a fact of underground
domains in most parts of the country.
Id have ta be
guessin that more than a few pumps were
workin hard just to keep up with the
latest downpour. More than likely there are a
few still completely underwater. Should keep
the sales brisk even after the sun finally
decides to come back to life.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
This Is A Hammer.
How to Smooth
Caulk Without Special Tool
Q: On the television I
frequently see ads for a product that is cut at
different angles so that you can smooth out beads
of caulk at different widths. Is this worth the
price? -- Terry B., Niagara Falls, N.Y.
A: If it seems worth it to you,
it might be worth the purchase price. The
question to ask yourself is, how often do you
re-caulk seams or re-grout tiles? If you do this
fairly often in the course of home improvement
and repair, a reusable smoothing tool might make
the job easier.
For many homeowners, though,
re-caulking is an occasional annoyance. You
dont need to pay for a special tool for
smoothing down the bead unless you really want
to. Most do-it-yourselfers just use a finger to
initially smooth the caulk down into the seam,
and then use the corner of a sturdy index card to
scrape away excess. The card is disposable and
Some caulkers trim away the
corner of the index card so that less caulk or
grout is scraped out of the seam. A playing card
also is ideal for this job. Either type of card
is not only sturdy, but can be bent or curled to
get around tight spaces and corners.
Even with the best tools,
excess caulk doesnt always get scraped
away. Or a glob drips a few inches below the seam
and dries before you notice it. To completely
clear caulk away from areas you dont want
it, moisten a cloth with distilled vinegar and
rub it away, being careful not to get vinegar
into the seam.
HOME TIP: To prevent cracks
from appearing in new caulk, fill a sink or tub
with water before recaulking a seam, and let the
caulk dry before draining.
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