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Monday, October 26, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 90
Did Ya Know?.....Project
Graduation 2010 is currently accepting donations of
clean, gently-used items for resale at its Rummage Sale.
All proceeds will go towards hosting Project Graduation.
Call Debbie Wooldridge at 388-2808.
Did Ya Know?.... Magic Moments
Riding Therapy, a not-for-profit organization, is in need
of volunteers to work with our special riders on Tuesday
afternoon at 4:30 and/or Thursday afternoons at 4:30,
5:30 and 6:30 pm. Training is provided. Horse experience
is helpful but not required, and volunteers need to be at
least 14 years of age. For more information, please call
us at 417 325-4490.
When you get
to heaven, are you stuck for eternity wearing the same
clothes you were buried in?
Why did we put a man on the moon before
we realized it would be a good idea to make luggage with
Why do we say we slept like a baby when
they wake up every two hours?
If a deaf person goes to court, do they
call it a hearing?
If we dont care that Jimmy
cracked corn, why do we still sing about it?
Why does Goofy stand upright and Pluto
stand on all four feet? Theyre both dogs.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Court Will View
J.D. Clarkson appeared in police court
this morning to answer to the charge of excavating in a
city street without a permit. The charge, it will be
remembered, grew out of his digging one day last week to
cut off the water pipe leading to the fair grounds, which
piping he states is his own private property. The
evidence in the case indicated that the excavation may
have been on the McGregor land, just north of St. Louis
avenue itself. The point is near Garrison avenue, a block
south of Centennial. If the excavation is on private
property the city has no jurisdiction. To settle the case
the court, attorneys and defendant all agreed to go out
together at 4 oclock this afternoon and inspect the
excavation. The decision of the case may turn on whether
what would be the north half of St. Louis avenue at this
point has ever been dedicated to the city, and whether
the city has ever accepted the same.
of Vaccine Arriving.
Local health officials are
continuing to monitor the shipments of H1N1
vaccine to the area, noting that the first
vaccines have begun to arrive in Jasper County
and Joplin but in small quantities. Dan Pekarek,
Director of the Joplin City Health Department,
and Tony Moehr, Administrator of the Jasper
County Health Department, want residents to know
that as these vaccines arrive, they are being
distributed first to medical providers serving
the high priority population that include:
persons who live with or
provide care for infants aged up to 6 months
emergency medical services personnel who have
direct contact with patients
children aged 6 month to
children and adolescents
aged 5 to 18 years who have medical conditions
that put them at higher risk for
Persons who are in one of the
priority groups should contact their medical
provider to check on the availability of vaccine.
Just a reminder that the
downtown Halloween get together will be on
this Wednesday. If ya enjoy seein
bout a thousand kids dressed up to the
max, you need to come on down.
There will be a contest for
different age groups, includin adults.
So put on the get-up and participate in onea
the communities most enjoyable afternoons.
There have been a couple a
times as a youngster I tried to fill a pillow
case with goodies from the small town I grew
up in. Dont think I ever achieved the
goal, but the neighbors knew I was serious
when I knocked on the door.
Back then we could always
count on a caramel apple and popcorn balls if
ya got out early.
Couldnt give em
away these days.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
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THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Quick Action Checks Condo Flooding
DEAR HAMMER: I wanted to relate
to you the recent "fun" my husband and
I had with our water heater in the hopes your
readers could use the information.
We were hosting a dinner party
last week when, near the end of the party, my
husband noticed a hissing sound coming from the
utility closet. We both ignored it as we said
goodbye to our guests. As I began to wash the
dishes, I noted that the water was very hot; then
it quickly went lukewarm and cold as I rinsed the
About then, my husband asked,
"Who spilled wine in the hallway?" He
wiped it up, only to return five minutes later to
more liquid. Thats when we paid attention
to the hissing from the utility closet. Opening
it up, we noticed water pooling under the water
heater and beginning to spill out into the
laundry room and hallway. The hissing sound was
water rushing through the cold-water feed pipe
into the water heater. Water dripped from the
overflow valve and from the bottom of the tank.
My husband quickly shut off the
gas at the water heater (using the on/off/pilot
control knob at the bottom of the unit). He
explained that even though the pilot light had
been doused and a valve would keep gas from
continuing to flow, turning the controls to
"off" was an important safety step. He
also turned the temperature control to its lowest
Then he tried to close the
shutoff valve for the cold water feed pipe.
Problem! The water would not shut off, and it was
continuing to leak out into the utility room.
While I contacted the
maintenance man for our condominium, my husband
located and shut off the main water valve for our
unit. This meant we would have no water, but it
also would stop the condo from being flooded.
man came right over, despite the late hour, and
drained the tank for us to stop additional
flooding. He noted that the cold-water shutoff
valve had been improperly installed, which is why
it didnt work, and that he would need to
replace that as well as the water heater.
In short, by
acting quickly to address the water heater
breakdown, we were able to minimize damage from
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