your golf game, dear?" asked Jacks wife Tracy.
"Well, I was hitting pretty well,
but my eyesights gotten so bad I couldnt see
where the ball went."
"But youre seventy-five
years old, Jack!" admonished his wife, "Why
dont you take my brother Scott along?"
"But hes eighty-five and
doesnt even play golf anymore," protested
"But hes got perfect
eyesight. He could watch your ball," Tracy pointed
The next day Jack teed off with Scott
looking on. Jack swung, and the ball disappeared down the
middle of the fairway. "Do you see it?" asked
"Yup," Scott answered.
"Well, where is it?" yelled
Jack, peering off into the distance.
"The doctor said he would have me
on my feet in two weeks."
"And did he?"
"Yes, I had to sell the car to pay
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
TESTING THE WATER
Companies Finding the Hazards of Their Local Risks.
H.R. Loudon and
D.J. Matteson of St. Louis, adjusters for the leading
fire insurance companies of the state, were in the city
today, testing the pressure of the city water plant, the
condition of the fire plugs, fire department pump house
and other fire fighting facilities.
A test of the
water pressure was made by the fire department at 4
oclock this afternoon on the northeast corner of
the square. Three streams were turned on at once and
averaged a horizontal throw of 125 feet, while one stream
alone threw 150 feet.
of the water works are a perpendicular throw of 90 feet
by five 1 1/4 inch nozzles at once.The test was
considered fairly satisfactory. Quite a crowd was
attracted by the firemen playing the hose about the north
and east sides of the square.
Annual City Budget
City Administrator Tom Short
addressed the City Council Budget/Ways and Means
Committee Monday evening. He told the committee
that this years revenues were down from
previous expectations and that trend may continue
for several years.
He outlined several options to
cope with the reduced level of revenue over the
next several years if needed.
The City currently has
approximately $3.2 million in reserves to work
with but approximately $1.7 of that is strictly
an emergency fund equivalent to 25% of annual
If the Council continues to
allocate expenditures equivalent to this year,
and revenues remain flat for the next three
years, Short says that by the end of 2013 the
emergency fund would have to be tapped for
The emergency portion of the
reserve is strictly a policy adopted by a former
Council and can be modified by the current
Short has asked that department
heads submit budgets with a 6% reduction from
last year as an option.
Its always handy ta
have a few nails around the house. Ya never
know when ya might want ta hang a picture or
fasten that porch rail. I still feel
comfortable with the old fashioned eight
penny for nailin to 2x4s and a
couple of finishin nails for trim work.
Havin a few sixteen penny spikes come
in handy for those heavier repairs or light
construction. Now Ive had ta add a new
dimension to my collection, few fasteners for
my battery powered screw driver.
Havin a few tools and
gadgets around in case of emergency was just
part of my upbringin I suppose.
Id have ta guess that it comes from a
heritage of rural "root cellar"
dependent ancestors. Course such
thinkin can lead to just havin a
lot of useless junk ya have ta trip over. At
least if ya got a few nails and a little
lumber, you can build a box ta keep it all
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
HERES A TIP
Keep a plastic garbage
bag in your glove box or somewhere in your car.
You can poke arm and neck holes for a rain
poncho, cover a stuck or broken window to keep
rain out or use it to corral all your things if
you ever get into an accident and need to have
your car towed.
Have a squeaky
floorboard? Try sweeping some talc or baby powder
into the space between the boards. It can serve
as a lubricant, and oftentimes will quiet the
"Use small sticky
notes to help with studying and learning in young
children. You can cover up part of a flash card,
making them easy for a child to practice on his
own. You can use flags to cover up words in a
story, then have the child write a new story by
writing a new word on the flag. Kids can practice
math or spelling on the go. There are hundreds of
uses for these lovely paper tools." -- G.A.
in New York
"I keep a fun toy
set in the trunk of the car. Its small
enough to bring with me on visits to friends
without children and interesting enough to keep
my two young ones occupied for up to an hour.
Its only for when I take my children to
visit a friend and need to have some adult time.
The kids look forward to being able to play with
the toy, and it doesnt get old because they
see it only occasionally." -- C.L. in
When having fresh corn
on the cob: "Trim each ear of corn on both
ends, and leave the husk on the corn. Boil it or
microwave it the amount of time you like. When
its done, the husk and silk will come off
with no problem." -- P.C. of Florida AND
Maryland (He and his wife of 63 years are
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