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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 240

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m. Plants, produce and more. Carthage Square.

Did Ya Know?.. . The 5th Annual Car & Bike Show will be held at the Carthage First Nazarene Church at 2000 Grand Ave. on Sunday, June 6 from noon to 3. Free registration 10:30 to noon.

today's laugh

A stock analyst and a Wall Street broker went to the race- track. The broker suggested betting $12,000 on a certain horse. The analyst was skeptical; he had never been to the races before and wanted to understand the rules and look over all the horses before placing a wager.

"You’re too cautious and detail-oriented," the broker criticized as he placed his large bet. His horse won and he raked in a bundle of money.

"What’s your secret?"

"It’s simple," the broker explained. "I have two kids ... ages two and six ... so I add their ages and bet on number nine."

"But two and six equals eight, not nine!" protested the analyst.

"See!" the broker replied, "I told you you’re too cautious and detail-oriented."


I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. Benjamin Franklin


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

C. L. Bartlett Stock Sold.

W. S. Wells today purchased the C. L. Bartlett grocery stock from Mrs. C. L. Bartlett. County superintendent, W. N. Wharton, represented Mrs. Bartlett. The consideration was not made public but the stock invoiced over $1100. Mrs. Wells will add to the stock and open for business Wednesday morning. He will make the stock one of the finest in Carthage and will sell part of the old goods at cut prices.

Death of Mrs. Minerva Dally.

Mrs. Minerva R. Dally died at her home on South Lyon street last evening at 6:45 o’clock after a lingering illness of consumption. She leaves three children - a son and two daughters. The funeral was held this afternoon at 4 o’clock at the residence. Dr. J. W. Stewart, of the First M. E. church conducted the services. The remains will be taken this evening to her old home at Manchester, Ohio, for burial.

  Today's Feature

Stone’s Throw "Being Earnest".

Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre will present a performance of "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde, directed by Becki Gooch.

The play has been described as a "trivial comedy for serious people". The synopsis is-

In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues. Join us as we take a "Steampunk Style" spin on this Victorian classic by Oscar Wilde.

The cast includes familiar actors that are veterans of numerous Stone’s Throw productions and introduces several newcomers to the stage.

Performances will be at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 796 S. Stone Lane, Carthage, MO on June 17-19, and June 25-27.

Thursday-Saturday doors open at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm and show begins at 7:30 pm. For Sunday performances, doors open at 12:30pm, dinner at 1:00pm with show beginning at 2:00 pm.

Prices: $22.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors over 55, $19.00 for youth (13-18), $10.00 for children (6-12).





Fireworks-Related Injuries to Children

Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention

An estimated 8500 individuals, approximately 45% of them children younger than 15 years, were treated in US hospital emergency departments during 1999 for fireworks-related injuries. The hands (40%), eyes (20%), and head and face (20%) are the body areas most often involved. Approximately one third of eye injuries from fireworks result in permanent blindness. During 1999, 16 people died as a result of injuries associated with fireworks. Every type of legally available consumer (so-called "safe and sane") firework has been associated with serious injury or death. In 1997, 20 100 fires were caused by fireworks, resulting in $22.7 million in direct property damage. Fireworks typically cause more fires in the United States on the Fourth of July than all other causes of fire combined on that day. Pediatricians should educate parents, children, community leaders, and others about the dangers of fireworks. Fireworks for individual private use should be banned. Children and their families should be encouraged to enjoy fireworks at public fireworks displays conducted by professionals rather than purchase fireworks for home or private use.


Fireworks are devices designed for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, deflagration, or detonation.1 Every year, US residents celebrate the Fourth of July and other festive occasions with fireworks. As a result, in 1999, an estimated 8500 individuals, approximately 45% of them children younger than 15 years, sustained fireworks-related injuries requiring emergency medical treatment.2,3 Since 1994, the annual number of people receiving emergency medical treatment for fireworks-related injuries has decreased by about one third.3,4 The hands (40%), eyes (20%), and head and face (20%) are the body areas most often involved.2 About one third of eye injuries from fireworks result in permanent blindness.5 Burns account for more than half of fireworks-related injuries,2 and lacerations, contusions, and abrasions are also common.1,26-8 During 1999, 16 people died as a result of injuries associated with fireworks.2

Under regulations promulgated by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 1976, any firecracker containing more than 50 mg of explosive material is banned, although aerial devices may contain up to 130 mg of powder charge. In addition, CPSC regulations include fuse burn time limits, cautionary labeling requirements, and criteria to prevent tipover and blowout of devices. Additional regulations address requirements for certain reloadable tube and aerial shell fireworks and the stability of multiple-tube devices.4

Consumer fireworks, formerly known as "Class C" fireworks and often inappropriately referred to as "safe and sane" fireworks, include fountains and candles that shoot out sparks or flaming balls, rockets with sticks (called "bottle rockets," because it is customary to stand them in a soda bottle for ignition), other rockets, firecrackers, sparklers, and smoke devices. These are permitted under federal regulation, and their sale is regulated by state and local authorities.7 At present, 10 states ban all consumer fireworks, and 5 additional states ban all consumer fireworks except sparklers, "snakes," or other novelty items.9

In addition to ongoing injury surveillance, the CPSC conducts a special study each year of fireworks-related injuries requiring emergency medical care that occur around the Fourth of July.2,4,6 The 1999 CPSC study found that one third of the fireworks-related injuries were caused by firecrackers, approximately 10% of which were illegal. Almost 20% of the injuries were from rockets. Notably, sparklers, which are mistakenly believed to be safe by many consumers, caused 10% of these fireworks-related injuries.2 Although most sparkler-related injuries are minor burns and corneal abrasions, sparklers can reach temperatures greater than 1000F at the tip and can cause serious burns by igniting clothing.1,5,8 One study found that two thirds of injuries from sparklers occurred among children 5 years and younger.8 A case-control study designed to control for the popularity of various devices found firecrackers and aerial devices to be associated with the greatest risk of injury. It also found that the highest chance of injury requiring hospitalization occurred with illegal and homemade devices.7 Half of the fireworks-related eye injuries and an even higher proportion of those resulting in permanent blindness or enucleation are caused by bottle rockets.5 Every type of consumer firework has been associated with serious injury or death.1,8

Malfunctions of consumer fireworks account for only a small percentage of injuries. In one study, the injured child was a bystander in 26% of cases, and adult supervision was present in 54% of cases.8 Therefore, not letting children ignite fireworks and providing adult supervision while using fireworks are inadequate injury prevention strategies.

In addition to medical and related costs directly and indirectly attributable to fireworks injuries, fireworks cause significant property damage. In 1997, 20 100 fires, which resulted in $22.7 million in direct property damage, were caused by fireworks.10 In a typical year, fireworks cause more fires in the United States on the Fourth of July than all other causes of fire combined on that day.10 The considerable losses of life, health, and property are almost entirely preventable by the removal of all fireworks from the hands of everyone except professional pyrotechnicians. Injuries resulting from public fireworks displays are rare. States that ban all consumer fireworks have significantly lower rates of fireworks-related injuries and fires.1,5 Where local jurisdictions ban fireworks, there is frequent crossover to nearby communities that permit them, so the effectiveness of such local regulation is limited.8 Education does not appear to decrease the rate of injuries in states where consumer fireworks are permitted.7


1. Pediatricians should educate parents, children, community leaders, and others about the dangers of fireworks. Children and their families should be counseled to attend public fireworks displays rather than purchase fireworks for home use.

2. Public sales, including those by mail or Internet order, of all fireworks should be prohibited. Ideally, this should be done on a national level by federal law or CPSC regulation. International importation of fireworks for private use should also be banned. Sales to professional pyrotechnicians for the purpose of creating public displays would be exempt.

3. The private use of fireworks should be banned. Pediatricians should work to increase the number of communities and states that ban the private use of all fireworks.

4. Accurate surveillance and reporting of fireworks-related injuries, deaths, and fires must be continued.

5. Additional research should be conducted to identify factors that have contributed to the recent decrease in the number of fireworks-related injuries. This information would be helpful in efforts to promote continued improvement in this and perhaps other injury problems.

Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention, 2000-2001


A statement of reaffirmation for this policy was published on September 1, 2005.

A statement of reaffirmation for this policy was published on August 1, 2008.

This policy is a revision of the policy posted on September 1, 1991.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve been hearin’ from a group of folks I hadn’t thought of as far as the fireworks issue is concerned. Animal lovers. They’ve got stories ‘bout scared pets and all that have spoken to me like the current ban on fireworks.

I’d have ta say that most of the folks I’ve spoken to about liftin’ the ban seem to be fairly level headed, rational people. (Note that I did say most, you know who you are.) But when speakin’ of lettin’ fireworks be fired off all through the city, the most common reaction I’ve heard is "it’s crazy".

I’ve even had a couple folks go so far as to say the comments I’ve made concernin’ the fireworks blowup make way too much sense to be politically correct. I don’t necessarily endorse those opinions, but I do encourage any and all opinions in the debate.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Heartburn Relief

Without Medicine

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have had acid reflux for quite some time, and doctors have prescribed different medicines, the last being omeprazole. Medicines were not relieving the burning pain. The best advice came from an online message board that said to "sleep on your left side." Figuring it wouldn’t hurt to try this method, I began sleeping on my left side. Once my body learned to stay in that position, the pain does not bother me now at all at night. Why don’t doctors share such simple methods for relief rather than prescribing medications? Please pass this information on to others. -- N.S.

ANSWER: When it works, a change in sleeping position is a simple way to deal with a big problem. It doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, it works for only a few, but it’s still valuable advice and is something that should be suggested more often. A change in sleeping position also can work for snoring. Sleeping on the side, right or left, can open up the throat and stop snoring. Redundant throat tissue, like a reed in a wind instrument, lies behind snoring. Sewing a pocket in the back of the pajamas and putting either a tennis ball or a marble in it keeps snorers off their backs.

Other self-help tips for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease, heartburn or acid indigestion -- all are the same condition) include staying away from foods that cause it. Onions, garlic, coffee, carbonated beverages, alcohol, chocolate, fried and fatty foods, citrus fruits and juices, tomato sauces, peppermint, spearmint and spicy foods are notorious troublemakers.

Sleeping with the head of the bed elevated is another way to keep stomach acid in the stomach. Prop 6- or 8-inch blocks under the posts at the head of the bed. In this position, gravity keeps stomach acid in the stomach.

Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, and saliva is a natural antacid.

Don’t wear tight garments or tight belts, both of which promote acid reflux. I managed to get through this answer without mentioning a single medicine, not even Tums.

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