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Monday, March 15, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 186

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?..There will be a Winter Blues and Cruise on the Carthage Square on Saturday, March 20 from 3 – 7 p.m. Hosted by Vintage Rods car club.

."Did Ya Know?.. . Spare Cat Rescue will sponsor "It Takes Two" March low-cost spay & neuter clinic for cats. When you have your female spayed for $20, it will only take $2 to neuter your male cat. 417-358-6808

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

A Mean Trick.

Just at present S.W. Hanford thinks the person who will milk another man’s cow is about the meanest person on the pike. Last night his cow was a little late in getting home from Kellogg’s pasture, and when she finally arrived, had not a drop of milk for her young calf. The cow is supposed to have been held up and milked on the way home.

Is Bill Married?

Wonder reigned supreme yesterday up town when "Bill" Blair paraded the square with a dasky damsel on his arm. The damsel tittered and giggled, and in response to looks of surprise from bystanders, she replied in coquettish accents "We’re married." Bill was certainly as bashful as any bridegroom.

T.J. Stemmons & Son today shipped by express a fine Poland china pig to J.J. Maxey of Joplin.

  Today's Feature

"Cramming" Complaints Rank High.

Attorney General Chris Koster says that a scam called "cramming" ranks near the top of complaints his office receives each year.

Koster said telephone companies contract to provide billing and collection services for third-party companies. Cramming happens when a third-party company adds a charge to your phone bill for a service you didn’t order, such as voicemail, Internet service, or calling cards. He said these charges are sometimes hidden on the phone bill under such titles as "enhanced services," "activation," or "web hosting."

"Unethical companies are betting that consumers won’t read their phone bills," Koster said.

"Always read the small print, and if a form or a caller asks for your phone number, ask questions and find out why they need the number," Koster said. "If you do get crammed, call your local phone company immediately and ask that the charges be removed, and call the company named on the bill ask that they be removed. Then call the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 1-800-392-8222 and file a complaint."

Just Jake Talkin'

There is prob’ly not a more accurate classic quotation that the one from "Cool Hand Luke." Most will know what it is without bein’ told, but for those youngsters that happen ta be readin’ it is "What we have here is a failure to communicate."

Nothin’ causes more problems, litigation, divorces, and just down right cantankerous attitudes than a failure to understand what’s really goin’ on.

Now the character in the movie didn’t mean that ever’one was gonna sit down and discuss what was botherin’ ‘em of course. What he was sayin’ was folks just weren’t payin’ attention to what he was sayin’. I’ve heard its always a good idea ta have the person you’re talkin’ to repeat what you’ve said just ta make sure they understand. ‘Course, there’s always time ta fix what there wasn’t time ta do right the first time.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By Samantha Mazzotta

Exhaust-Fan Cleaning

Q: How do I clean a kitchen exhaust fan -- the one above the stove? Mine looks really gunky. -- Claire J., Wheeling, W.Va.

A: The filter screen protects the exhaust fan and its motor from debris, dust or gunk getting in and impeding their operation.

If the fan blades are dirty, you can clean them in place or pull the fan/motor assembly down from the casing to clean the entire assembly. Some important caveats before starting: First, TURN OFF the power to the fan at the circuit panel -- make sure it cannot be switched on. Second, don’t immerse the assembly in water or get too wet -- clean with a damp cloth or sponge, but don’t soak it.

To remove the assembly -- again, turn off the power first -- look for the mounting bracket located just inside or just under the fan casing. Unscrew the bracket and carefully slide the assembly from the casing. Do not disconnect any wires. You’ll want to hold the assembly in place (or have a helper hold it) while you carefully wipe down the exterior surfaces -- the fan blades and the motor housing -- with a soft cloth dampened in a mild soap-and-water solution. Once the gunk is cleaned off, wipe the surfaces with a cloth dipped in clean water (so soap residue doesn’t attract more sticky particles) and dry completely. Once dry, slide the assembly back into the casing and reattach the mounting bracket. Slide the clean and dry filter back into place, and you’re done.

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