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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 53

did ya know?


Did Ya Know?...The phone number for the Powers Museum is now 237-0456. It was recently changed.

Did Ya Know?...Spare Cat Rescue is raffling off a Queen Size Cat Quilt. Proceeds will be used to sponsor low-cost cat spay/neuter events. To see a picture of the quilt and/or buy raffle tickets, stop by the Pancake Hut. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Drawing to be held some time in mid-September.

today's laugh

I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Rick the computer guy, to come over. Rick clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. He gave me a bill for a minimum service call. As he was walking away, I called after him,

"So, what was wrong?"

He replied,

"It was an ID ten T error."

I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired:

"An ID ten T error?

What’s that ... in case I need to fix it again?"

The computer guy grinned....

"Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?"

"No," I replied.

"Write it down," he said, "

and I think you’ll figure it out."

So I wrote out ...... I D 1 0 T

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

Slapped the Mayor’s Son.

A scissors grinder named Simon was fined $10 and costs in police court this afternoon at 2 o’clock for slapping Mayor Ross’ six-year-old son, Herman.

The little boy was standing around watching the man grinding knives in the street. Simon concluded the boy was in his way and slapped him and sent him home. The court concluded from the evidence that the man had far exceeded his rights and authority and gave him a fine to pay for assaulting the boy.

Two Springfield men named Jule Armstrong and Jim Jones were arrested yesterday charged with being drunk and reeling on the street and using highly offensive language.

In police court this morning they pleaded guilty to drunkenness and were each fined $9 including costs. They were well dressed men and paid their fines.

  Today's Feature

McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital Honored.

The Missouri Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced today Robert (Bob) Copeland, FACHE, CEO of McCune–Brooks Regional Hospital, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of the employees who serve in the Missouri National Guard and Reserve.

McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital employees join with thousands of American Employers who have reviewed their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act Law (USERRA). Many employers provide "Above and Beyond" support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.

Copeland says, "We at McCune-Brooks are fortunate to have such qualified people working with us. The entire organization is behind the soldiers"

According to the United States Army National Guard soldier SFC Joe Francis: "Mr. Copeland supports the ARNG and encourages others to do the same. All leaders in every department gave support and continue to support our great Nation. The staff makes you feel a part of the team. Other individuals that need recognition are Sheri Lopez, RN, CNO; Janice Duncan, RN, Nurse Manager; Pat Bearden RN, Patient Advocate and the entire staff. All employees contributed care packages, letters and prayers of support to me and other deployed military serving in the Armed Forces. I am proud to work for the hospital and glad that Mr. Copeland is a great leader."

According to Retired Brigadier General, Tracy Beckette, ESGR Missouri Chair, "The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American Employers who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees have answered their nation’s call to serve. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units."

Just Jake Talkin'

I grew up in a neighborhood where the throwin’ rocks at your neighbors was more than just an expression at times. ‘Course that was made more convenient by the fact that we all lived on gravel roads.

We didn’t think much of the fact that there were only a couple a paved streets in town. Most folks felt like they were doin’ pretty good if they had a little concrete on the drive and a tinhorn to let the water through when it rained.

I suppose those who feel that the curb and gutter type of street is a necessity will always purchase homes in those neighborhoods that have ‘em.

The bad part is, it makes it hard to locate that particular stone when ya happen to be in a throwin’ mood. Maybe that’s why some like that gravel rock in the garden.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin


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By JoAnn Derson

• "I keep a soft-sided cooler in the backseat of my car between my children’s car seats. It mostly keeps little items accessible to both kids, but we have used it to contain wet trash and to keep snacks cold. We also used it to keep restaurant leftovers cool (we asked for a glass of ice to go) while we ran into one more store before heading home one night." -- P.W. in Missouri

• "I have always added pureed and finely diced vegetables to my meatloaf to add moisture to the meat and to sneak the veggies in on the kids. As our children have grown and left home, we find it’s harder to keep an array of veggies in the house before they go bad. I now purchase a variety of baby-food jars to add to dishes. They keep well, are easy to use and offer additive-free nutrition. Who says you have to have a baby to buy baby food?" -- T.C. in Pennsylvania

• Keep a mixing bowl in place by setting it on a damp washcloth or dishtowel on the kitchen counter. No more slip and slide, and the cloth is ready to wipe up any spills.

• "Whenever a T-shirt or other article of clothing wears out, I cut it into small pieces for rags. I use them for cleaning, etc. To store them, I push clean ones into an empty tissue box. I can easily get one when I need it, and afterward it can either be thrown away or put in the wash." -- S.M., via e-mail

• Go Green Tip: It’s smart to stay hydrated, and toting around a bottle of water can be a good reminder to sip throughout the day, but oh, all those plastic bottles in the landfills. It’s safer and better for the environment to get a refillable bottle.

Look for stainless-steel or aluminum models. If it’s plastic you’re after, find ones that are BPA-free.

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