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Monday, April 19, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 211
Did Ya Know?.. . The American
Legion & Auxiliary, Post 9, and The Disabled American
Veterans & Auxiliary, Chapter 41, of Carthage, are
collecting donations for a rummage sale to be held at the
beginning of May. Jerry Chapman 423-0096.
add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years
old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at
My grandmother started walking five
miles a day when she was 60. Now shes 97 years old
and we dont know where the heck she is.
I joined a health club last year, spent
about 400 bucks. Havent lost a pound. Apparently
you have to go there.
I have to exercise early in the morning
before my brain figures out what Im doing.
I like long walks, especially when they
are taken by people who annoy me.
If you are going to try cross-country
skiing, start with a small country.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Tourist Club Discusses Egypt.
The Tourist club held a pleasant
meeting with Mrs. Howard Gray on Clinton street Saturday
afternoon discussing the ancient Theban kings, among them
Ramses the Third, whose reign of sixty years was a period
of peace and prosperity for ancient Egypt. His mummy is
on exhibition in the British museum today. The hostess
gave an interesting talk upon Mehemet Ali the great
moslem warrior who assisted the British in expelling the
French, after the memorable seige of Acre. He made
himself viceroy of Egypt and made his name memorable by
completing the work that Napoleon had
begunannihilating the Mamelukes. Another
interesting paper dealt with the ancient and modern
religions of Egypt, showing how the old mythology, with
its complicated animal worship and belief in
transmigration of the soul and resurrection of the dead,
became corrupt and vicious, completely losing the
sympathy of the people.
Moves to House.
The Missouri Senate voted to
advance a bill that allows for merit-based
teacher salaries, year-round school schedules and
multiple kindergarten start dates.
Senate Bill 815 expands
eligibility for the Teacher Choice Compensation
Package to teachers in all school districts upon
a majority vote of the local school board.
Current law provides that only teachers in the
St. Louis City School District are eligible to
participate in the package, which allows them to
receive merit-based salaries.
The measure also allows a
school district to adopt a year-round educational
program by a majority vote of the school board.
Districts that move to a year-round program must
meet the minimum number of school days required
and have no break, including summer, longer than
Lastly, SB 815 permits a school
district to offer, by majority vote of the school
board, two start dates for kindergarten. One
start date must occur on the districts
normal starting date and the other must occur
approximately halfway through the year.
Senate Bill 815 now moves to
the House for similar consideration.
Saw a blue bee
floatin around as I sat on the back
porch the other day. Not bein partial
to bees gettin too near, I watched as
the critter landed near a small cobweb in the
corner. I figured the bee could escape the
thin web, but thought it might be
interestin to watch the surprised look
on its face when the spiders trap was
The bee lightly touched the
web and began workin its way toward the
middle. I could see the little feet
stickin a little and figured it was
just a matter of time.
To my surprise the bee
grabbed what looked like a gnat out of the
web and flew up to the porch rail. After a
couple a quick pricks with the stinger, the
bug disappeared in to the jaws of the bee. I
bet the spider was really ticked off he
wasnt watchin his nest better.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Hardwood vs. Laminate
Q: I want to install a wood
floor in my home, but like everyone else, my
budget is tight. What presents a better value --
hardwood floors or that imitation flooring that
looks like hardwood? -- Jesse L., Columbia, Md.
flooring that looks like hardwood is commonly
called laminate flooring. Made up of paper layers
pressed between a clear film and a high-density
backing board, laminate is a durable alternative
to traditional hardwood and can be significantly
Laminate has a lot of up-front
plusses that make it worth considering. It can
cost as little as $2 a square foot, and it is
relatively easier and faster to install than
hardwood. Its a "floating" floor,
meaning it does not have to be fastened directly
to the subfloor and can be installed over
existing vinyl, tile or wood flooring. If
youre handy, you might even be able to
install it yourself. Most brands of laminate can
simply be snapped together.
As far as durability goes,
laminate resists stains and scratches well enough
that some brands carry warranties of 10 years or
longer, making it a good option for high-traffic
areas or homes with pets and kids.
As great as laminate sounds,
its not without its problems. Moisture is
chief among these. If the floor is installed in a
place thats humid or prone to water seepage
(like a basement or kitchen), moisture can get
under the laminate flooring and create a mold
problem. Another issue is that laminate must be
installed on an absolutely level floor to prevent
the snap-together pieces from cracking along the
seams. And laminate can chip or mar when a heavy
object is dropped on it.
Hardwood floors, on the other
hand, cost significantly more than laminate ($10
or higher per square foot) and usually must be
installed by a professional, so you have labor
costs on top of materials costs. Wood floors must
be refinished every so often in order to maintain
their look and durability, and are prone to
staining, scratches and fading.
So, whats the benefit to
hardwood? The most notable is that the overall
value of your home will increase -- sometimes
significantly. Longevity is another plus: When
properly cared for, hardwood floors can last a
century or more.
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