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Monday, September 18, 2000 Volume IX, Number 64

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Knights of Pythias will have steak, hamburger, salad & trimmings at Family Night on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. Come one, come all.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will be from 4 - 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2000 in the dining room at McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage. The guest speaker will be Dr. Mark Westhoff who will speak about dental problems that might be more common in diabetes.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Golden Gaits Walking Club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the former Eugene Field School. Everyone is invited to take a walk.

today's laugh

A man limps into a doctor’s office and says that he was just bitten by a dog. The doctor says, "Didn’t you see the sign on my office door? My visiting hours are only until four."

The man answered, "I’m sorry, Doctor, but the dog couldn’t read!"

Angered at what he felt was a bad call, a pro player yelled at the referee, "You stink to high heaven."

The referee picked up the ball, walked off fifteen yards, and said, "Can you still smell me?"

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

A Dog Leads a Blind Man.

An aged blind man from Kansas City, who gives his name as Sam Smith, arrived in town this morning with his hand organ and a black woolly dog which leads him around. The latter wears sleigh bells around his neck and thus announces all his movements. He comes instantly when called by his master, and acts with great intelligence.

When serving in the capacity of a leader, the dog picks his way carefully along the street, tugging at a strap extending from his collar to the blind man’s hand.

When he sees a good shady stopping place alongside the walk the dog pulls off to the side and sets the example by lying down.

The blind man then stops and plays a tune and again moves on to another stopping place. The dog attracts more attention than the man.

  Today's Feature

Precious Moments Announces Special Carthage Christmas Festival.

Precious Moments Chapel Center in Carthage, MO, will host a Media Conference at 11 a.m., Tues., Sept. 19, to announce the plans for a Christmas Celebration. The Media Conference will be held in the Ballroom of the Victorian Wedding Island at Precious Moments.

Management from Precious Moments will gather with community representatives to unveil the calender and details of "Christmas Remembered", a holiday event celebrating the Victorian history of Carthage.

Events for November and December are scheduled at Precious Moments Chapel and throughout the Carthage community.

Media interview opportunities will include "Christmas Remembered" coordinators from Precious Moments Chapel and representatives from community organizations which are hosting events during the celebration. Having the conference on Victorian Wedding Island is intended to provide a picturesque setting of the Victorian era. Special guest appearances will also be available for photography purposes.

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 folks like that gravel rock in the garden.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Workman's Loan

Weekly Column

The Super Handyman.

by Al & Kelly Carrell

Q: The concrete steps on the front of our house are slippery, especially when wet. We have a handrail, but it’s just not enough. What can we do to make the steps safer?-M.V.

A: You have several options

You can use muriatic acid to etch the surface of the concrete slightly. You would use five parts water to one part acid.

If that doesn’t give you the desired results, apply a deck paint or porch paint to which you’ve added some sand. If you go this route, buy the sand at the paint store, so you know it is completely dry.

Any etching should be done before any painting.

You also could apply peel-and-stick strips that are designed to make suck surfaces slip-proof.

Dear Kelly: I finally found a better way to keep my annoying, squeaky front door quiet. I now grease the old, heavy door with petroleum jelly. I had tried oils, but the dripped and stained both the door and my floor. Other stuff just didn’t work. But the petroleum jelly sure does! It is easy to use, stays in place and works longer than oil.

A SUPER HINT-You can use inexpensive white vinegar for lots of things around the home and shop. For example, if you put a gallon or two into your dishwasher without the dishes in it, then run it through a couple of cycles, that can remove mineral deposits on lots of surfaces.

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