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Monday, November 9, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 100

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Did Ya Know?...There will be a dance at the Seniors Center Tuesday, Nov 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring Crazy Clarence. $3

Did Ya Know?...The R-9 Odyssey of the Mind problem solving groups will be hosting their 5th Annual Craft Odyssey Arts and Crafts show on November 14, 2009. They are looking for vendors, and prospective craft buying customers. for more info call Sherryle Jones at (417) 359-7050

today's laugh

Technical Terms for Country Folk

Log on: making a wood stove hotter

Log off: don’t add no more wood

Mega Hertz: when yer not keerful getting the farwood

Floppy disc: whatcha git from tryin to carry too much farwood

Byte: what dem flys do

Chip: munchies fer the TV

Micro Chip: whut’s in the bottom of the munchie bag

Modem: whacha did to the hay fields

Dot Matrix: Old Dan Matrix’s wife

Lap Top: whar the kitty sleeps

Keyboard: whar ya hang the keys

Software: them plastic forks and knifes

Mouse Pad: that hippie talk for the rat hole

Main frame: holds up the barn ruf

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

Two Mine Deals Aggregate $160,000.

D.N. Perry, the owner of the Lone Elm lease near Joplin, sold it yesterday to a syndicate of New York men represented by Joplin parties. The consideration was $100,000. The lease covers 190 acres, and embraces three parcels of land, belonging respectively to the Pitcher Lead Co., the Granby Mining Co., and Wilson & Hutton.

It was reported on the street yesterday evening that the Blackberry sublease and mine on the Granby land northwest of Joplin sold yesterday for $60,000.

Bought Four Fine Shorthorns.

Ed Hall Jr., returned from Lockwood Wednesday with four fine shorthorn heifers that he purchased at the Sutter sale. They are beauties and all prize winners, having captured ribbons at the Lockwood, Springfield and Market fairs. The price paid is not mentioned, but being the pick of a celebrated herd, it is understood that they came high.

  Today's Feature

Dog Park Paws Ahead.

Representatives of he Carthage Dog Park Committee met again with the City Public Services Committee last week to discuss various aspects of the project to date. Discussion centered around the Dog Park Committee’s proposal to sell advertising to be placed on the proposed fence along the eastern border of the 1.7 acres.

The 540 foot section of fence would hold up to 54 of the eight by four foot vinyl signs and face inward toward the west. Some consideration was given to the effect the wind may have on the structure. The Public Works Committee had requested that all signs have slits in them to reduce the chance of the fence being blown over. Signs located at the City owned ball fields are required to have that design. The City also requires that the signs be up no longer than 90 days at a time.

City officials and the Park Committee are to meet later this month to put together a Memorandum of Understanding to further define the relationship. The basic relationship is the Park committee is mainly a fund raising organization. The City will own the facility if funding is secured.

Just Jake Talkin'

I hear some complainin’ from time to time from folks who have more trouble rememberin’ than they used to. Some fear it might be caused by gettin’ older.

Although there is prob’ly some who loose ‘memberin’ capacity as the years go by, I’m more inclined to believe as ya get older, you’re just more picky as ta what ya store in the brain.

I’ve heard ya only use about 10% of our grey matter. Maybe the longer ya live, the less room ya have for stuff that isn’t really important to ya. Most folks have some really good memories tucked away that takes up precious head room. Plus, as we mature, we are better able to distinguish what we should remember and what isn’t really worth the effort. I’m sure there was a point to all this, but I lost it.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By Samantha Mazzotta


Slow-Running Kitchen Faucet

Q: Help! The faucet on my kitchen sink recently stopped flowing at full strength. It has hot and cold knobs (rather than one lift control), and neither is flowing well. I checked the shutoff valves to both hot and cold feeds, and they are all the way on. The rest of the faucets in the house are OK. I guess the only good thing is that the constant drip from that faucet has stopped. What’s happening? -- Theresa in Wheeling, W.Va.

A: Since you’ve checked the shutoff valves under the sink (the first step in diagnosing a flow problem), the next step is to look for what may be restricting water flow.

The aerator attached to the faucet sometimes gets clogged with scaly buildup, especially in areas with hard water. Unscrew the aerator (if you must use a wrench, wrap the aerator in a cloth to prevent scratches) and check the screen. If there’s buildup, soak it in a solution of vinegar, water and baking soda for a couple of hours, then rinse.

If that isn’t it, the faucet may need maintenance. Washers in the cold- and hot-water "stems" (the hardware underneath the knobs of a compression faucet) deteriorate over time and must be replaced. You mention that the faucet used to drip constantly, a clear signal that maintenance is needed.

Replacing the washers in compression faucets takes a bit of elbow grease but can be done. If you don’t know the exact model of your faucet, purchase several sizes of washers at the home-improvement store and match up the old washers with the new ones to get the correct size. You also should purchase a seat dressing tool to polish the "seat" (bottom) of the cavity in which each stem sits.

Turn off the water at the shutoff valves (make sure it’s off by turning the faucet on). Remove the knobs by popping the top covers off and loosening the screws, then lifting the knobs away. Loosen and remove the valve stems. Clean them and remove the old washers, even if they look OK; replace with new washers (aka O-rings). Insert the seat dressing tool into each stem seat and turn just one or two times. Replace the stems and secure the control knobs in place. Open the shutoff valves. If water leaks around the knobs, repeat the process to make sure the new washers are in place. If the water flow still doesn’t improve, contact a plumber.

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