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Monday, May 18, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 233

did ya know?

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.

today's laugh

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 hand-picked boys.

"Very well," said the gatekeeper of Heaven. "But you realize, I hope, that we’ve got all the good players and the best coaches."

"I know, and that’s all right," Satan answered unperturbed. "We’ve got all the umpires."

"You can observe a lot by just watching."

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

A Inquiry.

Marshal Bruffett is in receipt of a letter of inquiry from Victoria, British Columbia, as follows:

"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. Biffer’s daughter, Mrs. E.E. Roessler, who lives on a lemon ranch near San Diego.

  Today's Feature

8th Acoustic 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.


Just Jake Talkin'


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 shouldn’t 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.

I’d 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 mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Columns

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 don’t 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 almost free.

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 doesn’t 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 don’t 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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