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Wednesday, February 9, 2000 Volume VIII, Number 166

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Jasper County Commission will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed and improvement of the following railroad crossings: North Main & Elk Rd., and Highway 171 & Kafir Rd. This meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Thurs., Feb. 10, 2000 at the Jasper County Courthouse, Room 101, Carthage. The public is invited to attend.

today's laugh

The prisoner, convicted of treason, is being marched to the firing squad in a downpour. He complains to his escort, "Look at this weather I have to walk through."
The escort says, "What are you complaining about? I have to walk back."

Some airlines are now putting mistletoe at the baggage counter.
That way you can kiss your luggage good-bye.

I just bought a new car and got a rebate check.
The car is smooth, but the check keeps bouncing.

Mark Twain was once trapped by a bore who lectured him about the hereafter. "Do you realize that every time I exhale, some poor soul leaves this world and passes on to the Great Beyond?"
"Really?" Twain replied. "Why don’t you try chewing a mint?"

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


J.T. Batts who recently became interested in the Anderson Radiator & Stove Co. has now secured an interest in the Parrot cooking stove and the Eagle heater patents which cover Canada, and will leave the 15th of February for Toronto where he will organize a company to manufacture the stoves.

He will work on the Parrot cook stove first as he already has models of that make. The heater is not yet perfected and he will not work on that until later. Hamilton and Toronto will be the two points worked first and from there to Montreal and Winnipeg. Mr. Batts hopes to get his work far enough advanced to enable him to go to the Paris Exposition and take an exhibit of the new stoves with him. He is thoroughly posted on Canadian affairs, knows the country and people well and being a good business man, will be more than likely to succeed in his new undertaking.

  Today's Feature

Hall Possibility For Seniors.

The Public Services Committee is looking at the possibility of utilizing Memorial Hall to expand the amount of space for the Over 60 Center. During the Committee’s regular meeting Monday evening, City Administrator Tom Short outlined the option of renovating the basement of the Hall. An elevator has been in the plans for the Hall for some time.

"It would be about 57% more space than they have now," Short told the Committee.

"The first thing we have to decide," said Committee member Jackie Boyer, "is whether this is something that the City feels compelled to pursue."

Committee Chair J.D. Whitledge thought it was because of the age of the population was growing.

"I just ran some quick numbers on a 6% increase per year over a ten year period," said Whitledge. "That would bring (the number of meals served) from 70 per day to 130."

The possibility of contracting with the Over 60 Center to manage the entire facility was also brought up, but not discussed in any depth. Short will look at overall costs.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’m sure to some it was just an excuse to get outa school for the day, but the City student government day, held yesterday, may be the only contact a lot of the High School students have with such things.

If nothin’ else it lets those on the Council and City staff interact with what appear to be a pretty good bunch of teenagers. Sometimes it jogs the youthful memory and adjusts the perspective a mite.

I seem ta have some recollection of feelin’ the older generation was out of touch with my reality. I’d have ta guess I was right in some of those assumptions. Just as now I figure there are some gaps in my understandin’ of those younger folks of today. Hopefully, ever’one was a student at some level durin’ the annual event.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.




Weekly Column

by Donna Erickson

Including kids in meal preparation is one of the most natural ways to provide a pinch of learning. Measuring, pouring, stirring and observing chemical reactions in a mixing bowl is exciting stuff for curious, growing minds. While educators refer to such activities as "teachable moments," there is more than instruction going on. When we spend uninterrupted time with our kids, we are building both skills and relationships.

When my three children were 6 years old and under, our first and favorite concoction at the "Erickson Cooking School" was fruit salad. It was a favorite because there was a "job" for all three eager chefs. My 4-year-old peeled the bananas while her older brother sliced them with a butter knife. The toddler’s appointed task was to sprinkle the grated coconut into the salad and top it off with a fistful of raisins, some of which did land in the bowl.

Here’s a delightful salad you and your kids can make together. Serve it in an unusual serving bowl they’ll love - a half shell of a pineapple! As you prepare the salad, stir up some learning too, with the suggested questions.

Set out on the kitchen counter a variety of ripe fruit such as pineapple, mango, bananask, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, lemon, shredded coconut and raisins.

Ask your children to name each fruit. Which fruit is largest? Smallest? Which fruit is your favorite?

An adult should slice the pineapple in half lengthwise. Cut the fruit from the two halves. Save the pineapple shells and place the cut-up fruit in a mixing bowl.

Wash, peel and cut the rest of the ingredients, adding them to the mixing bowl. Scoop the fruit mixture into the pineapple halves. As you complete the luscious salad, ask, "What does fresh mean? Why is a fruit salad healthy? What else could we put in a pineapple fruit salad next time?"

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