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Wednesday, February 9, 2000 Volume VIII, Number 166
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.
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
That way you can kiss your luggage good-bye.
I just bought a new car and got a
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 dont
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.
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 Committees 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 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.
Im 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
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
I seem ta have some
recollection of feelin the older
generation was out of touch with my reality.
Id 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,
everone was a student at some level
durin the annual event.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
TIME WITH KIDS
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 toddlers 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.
Heres a delightful salad
you and your kids can make together. Serve it in
an unusual serving bowl theyll love - a
half shell of a pineapple! As you prepare the
salad, stir up some learning too, with the
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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