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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 236

did ya know?.

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.

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 retired man who volunteers to entertain patients in nursing homes and hospitals went to one local hospital in Brooklyn and took his portable keyboard along. He told some jokes and sang some funny songs at patients’ bedsides.

When he finished he said, in farewell, "I hope you get better."

One elderly gentleman replied, "I hope you get better, too."


A couple spends relaxing weekends in their motor home. They tired of visits from other campers and they devised a plan.

Now, they place this sign on the door of their RV: "Insurance agent. Ask about our term-life package."


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

Dwelling on Fulton Street Damaged Good Work of the Firemen.

The fire department was called out at 3:20 o’clock this afternoon by a blaze on South Fulton street. The roof of a small frame dwelling house owned by Mrs. M. J. Phillis and occupied by the family of W. H. Deamer caught fire, it is supposed, from a spark from the chimney and the entire roof was in flames when the department arrived. Mrs. Deamer built a bright fire in her cook stove this afternoon to boil some syrup and was busily engaged when a little girl, playing in the alley near the house, saw the smoke and gave the alarm. The fire department quickly responded and soon had the flames under control. Neighbors carried out all the household goods, even to the carpets, and the loss will be but slight in that particular. The roof and ceilings of the house were badly damaged, however. The building was insured for $500.

  Today's Feature

Tonight’s Council Agenda First Reading.

C. B. 10-12 an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with Liberty Pyrotechnics L.L.C., of Joplin, Missouri for fireworks display for the July 4, 2010 celebration in the amount of$II,695.00 (Public Services Committee).

2. C. B. 10-13 an Ordinance to enact a new section to be added to Chapter 10 of the Carthage Code for discharge and sale offireworks (Public Safety Committee).

3. C. B. 10-14 an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Contract between the City ofCarthage and the Carthage Chamber ofCommerce for services in the amount of$106,720.00 (Budget, Ways & Means Committee).

4. C. B. 10-15 an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Contract between the City of Carthage and the Carthage Over-60 Center for services in the amount of $20,000.00 (Budget, Ways & Means).

5. C. B. 10-16 an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Contract between the City ofCarthage and the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau for services in the amount of$88,500.00 (Budget, Ways & Means Committee).

Just Jake Talkin'

It’s not the fear of my house catchin’ on fire, although I would agree that possibility exists, it’s the age. My age. I just don’t want ta put up with firecrackers poppin’ off for four days straight.

Unfortunately for the neighbors in the small town I grew up in, I’ve lit more than my share of firecrackers and enjoyed ever last one pop I could manage. The memory of those kid days have prompted me in the recent past to ignite a blackcat or two. It just ain’t no fun anymore.

I might be persuaded to think that firin’ off fireworks on the 4th could be tolerable, but no amount of sales tax gained from fireworks stands in the City can justify the nerves I’ll have after four long days of jumpin’ from the pop in July.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake hoppin’.

(Reprint from Nov. 2001)

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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Shedding Light on


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Recently, my daughter attended a sweet-16 birthday party for one of her best friends. She is a beautiful girl. When my daughter showed me pictures of her friend, I was shocked. Her face and arms were deeply tanned. I have no idea how many hours she must have spent under a tanning machine. I am very concerned about her. Would you write about the dangers of tanning? -- Anon.

ANSWER: Ultraviolet light, the kind of light we don’t see, has powerful effects on the skin. Ultraviolet A rays constitute 95 percent of the UV light that makes its way to earth. UV A rays do not burn and tan skin as much as UV B rays, but they do damage skin. They cause skin wrinkling; they dry skin; and they produce age spots (liver spots). And they also add to the risk of skin cancer.

Ultraviolet B rays are more destructive. They are the burning rays, and they have a greater effect on skin cancer production. Both A and B reduce the skin’s innate immunity.

Exposure to both UV A and UV B injures the skin cells’ DNA, and that’s what sets the scene for future skin cancer. Humans have learned to cope with UV light by tanning. A tan offers some protection against further damage. UV light activates melanocytes, and they pass their melanin -- a dark pigment -- to other skin cells. That has the effect of providing an umbrella for the skin. However beneficial that might be, the fact remains that in obtaining a modicum of protection with a tan, skin-cell DNA has been dealt a major blow.

No tan can be considered healthy. Sun exposure in adolescence might be the most dangerous time for ultraviolet damage. Tanning booths and tanning beds are considered a threat equal to the sun for promoting future skin cancer.

People of all ages should protect their skin from exposure to UV light. Such exposure happens every time a person goes outdoors. Cloud cover is a poor absorber of UV rays and offers little skin protection. Sunscreen application should become a habit.

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