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Monday, May 24, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 235
Did Ya Know?.. . The City of
Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes Monday, May 24th
through Friday, May 28th. Areas will be sprayed in the
evening of the day of regular garbage pick up between the
hours of 8 p.m. and midnight.
Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage
Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m.
Plants, produce and more. Carthage Square.
Coming out of
church, Mrs. Smith asked her husband, "Do you think
that Johnson girl is tinting her hair?"
"I didnt even see her,"
admitted Mr. Smith.
"And that dress Mrs. Davis was
wearing," continued Mrs. Smith, "Really,
dont tell me you think thats the proper
outfit for a mother of two."
"Im afraid I didnt
notice that either," said Mr. Smith.
"Oh, for heavens sake,"
snapped Mrs. Smith. "A lot of good it does you to go
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Struck Good Shines of
The miners in the shaft of the Tiger
Hill Mining Co. in Northwest Carthage struck excellent
shines of jack at 47 feet today. The shaft is about 100
yards east of the shaft where the gas was struck
recently. The jack is imbedded in a sort of slate and the
dirt is very similar to that taken out of the shaft on
the Porter lot.
The south Side Improvement Co. will
begin tomorrow to drill the second hole on the fair
grounds in search of mineral. The first hole was put down
200 feet and nothing but an excellent well of water
found. As the members of the company are not looking for
water, but mineral, they will drill elsewhere. The water
in the hole stands within a foot of the top and is pure,
clear and cold. The second hole will be put down midway
between the gate and the race track.
New Fireworks Ordinance.
The City Council Public Safety
Committee submitted the following ordinance to be
considered in first reading at tomorrow
nights Council meeting. Section 10-3
referred to generally forbids the discharge of
fireworks in the City limits. This ordinance
would allow fireworks during these dates.
"SECTION I: Chapter 10 of
the Carthage Code is hereby amended by adding the
following new section thereto: Chapter 10,
Article I, Sec. 10-4: Exceptions
The follow shall be exceptions
to Sec 10-3: (a) December 31st from 5:00 p.m. to
January 1st at 1:00 a.m.
(b) June 30th to July 3rd from
9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. each evening.
(c) July 4th until July 5th
from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m.
(d) July 5th from 9:00 a.m.
until 11:00 p.m.
(e) Nothing in this section
shall allow the discharge of any firework in the
Municipal Park at any time.
(1) The Fire Chiefshall have
sole discretion of suspending Section 10-4 of the
City Code in times of high fire risk or
With all the talk of the
"virtual office" where folks work
at home via computer modems and such, there
seems that now it aint what some hoped
it would be cracked up to be.
There are a lot of
advantages, no drivin in ta work,
flexible schedules, and easy communication,
but somethin seems ta be missin.
For those who worry that
people will get used ta sittin in front
of a computer screen and never see the light
a day again, this is good news. No matter how
easy to use or convenient the communication
device, it most likely wont replace the
old fashioned sit down chit chat that people
Im sure there were
those who made predictions of doom when the
telephone came around, probly parents
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Carthage Printing Services
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Gas Meter Change
Q: My elderly neighbor called
yesterday and told me a man was at her door
saying that he was there to change her gas meter.
Ive never heard of such a thing, and so I
told her to not let him in. Is it normal for the
gas company to just show up and change a meter? -
Eleanor in Braintree, Mass.
A: Meter maintenance is
generally part of a local utilitys
responsibility, so its not unheard of for
the utility to send employees to read, maintain
or replace meters. In fact, the state of
Massachusetts mandates that gas meters must be
replaced every seven years, so your
neighbors meter may indeed be scheduled for
However, your neighbor was
right to be cautious. If she couldnt see a
repair truck or any identifying information from
the maintenance person, certainly she should
verify that the person really is from the utility
company or a contractor in their employment.
Probably the best way to verify
this is to call the utilitys
customer-service line directly. She could do that
while the person waited outside, or she could
tell the person to come back another day -- which
a legitimate utility employee will do politely
and without question -- and then call the utility
to verify that they are maintaining or replacing
meters. The utility may schedule a new time for
its maintenance person to return and replace the
meter, or it can give her a range of dates when
its crew will be in the area. The upside of this
is that she can have another person, like
yourself or a relative, at the house when the
utility employee returns, so shell be more
The meter replacement itself is
a fast process -- less than 30 minutes, usually
-- and the utility also will check to make sure
there is no damage or leaks in the lines feeding
into the house. Its a valuable service
provided as part of your utility bill.
HOME TIP: Know where your gas
shutoff is in case of an emergency -- locate the
shutoff switch, usually near the meter. If a
wrench is needed to turn the switch, tape one
right next to the switch so you have instant
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