Dear Mom & Dad:
We are having a great time here at Lake
Typhoid. Scoutmaster Webb is making us all write to our
parents in case you saw the flood on TV and worried. We
are OK. Only 1 of our tents and 2 sleeping bags got
washed away. Luckily, none of us got drowned because we
were all up on the mountain looking for Chad.
Oh yes, please call Chads mother
and tell her he is OK. He cant write because of the
cast. I got to ride in one of the search & rescue
jeeps. It was neat. We never would have found him in the
dark if it hadnt been for the lightning.
Scoutmaster Webb got mad at Chad for going on a hike
without telling anyone. Chad said he did tell him, but it
was during the fire so he probably didnt hear.
Did you know that if you put gas on a
fire, the gas can will blow up? The wet wood still
didnt burn, but one of our tents did. Also some of
our clothes. John is going to look weird until his hair
We will be home on Saturday if
Scoutmaster Webb gets the car fixed. It wasnt his
fault about the wreck. The brakes worked OK when we left.
Scoutmaster Webb said that a car that old you have to
expect something to break down; thats probably why
he cant get insurance on it. We think its a
neat car. It gets pretty hot with 10 people in a car. He
let us take turns riding in the trailer until the highway
patrolman stopped and talked to us.
He has to spend a lot of time working
on the car so we are trying not to cause him any trouble.
Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit
badges. When Dave dove in the lake and cut his arm, we
got to see how a tourniquet works.
I have to go now. We are going into
town to mail our letters and buy bullets. Dont
worry about anything. We are fine.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Ed Was Only Joking.
It now develops that the new house at
Seventh street and Garrison avenue is to be built and
occupied by Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Hall, and not by their son
Ed Hall Jr. Ed was only joking when he talked to the
reporter Saturday. The present Hall home is to be rented
when the new house is ready for their occupancy.
Lumberman Goes to
G. E. Cavin who has been with Harrison
& Calhoon the last 18 months, will leave Wednesday
for Waukita, Oklahoma, to take charge of a lumber yard
for the Long-Bell company.
He has proved himself a good lumberman
and will be valuable to the Long-Bell people. His
successor here has not yet been selected.
The Carthage R-9 School
Foundations 2010/2011 Major Saver Card
fundraising campaign is November 9-16. Cards are
only $10 each and may be purchased from Carthage
elementary, middle school and junior high school
students or by calling the Carthage R-9 School
Foundation at 417.359.7047.
"This is an important
fundraiser," says Vicki Cash, Foundation
Director. "Each elementary school, the
Middle School and the Junior High receive a
portion of the funds raised through the sale of
the Major Saver Cards."
Major Saver discount cards
include special offers on purchases at 15 area
restaurants and are valid through November 1,
2011. Many favorites as well as several new
businesses featured on this years card are:
Cabo del Sol, Carthage Family Restaurant,
Dominos Pizza, El Charro, Hardees,
Iggys Diner, Long John Silvers,
McDonalds, Ocean Buffet, Oriental Villa,
Outback Steakhouse, Quiznos, Shakes,
Sirloin Stockade, and Sonic.
"We are grateful to these
businesses for their support of Carthage R-9
School Foundation and Carthage schools through
sponsorship of this important program," says
The Carthage R-9 School
Foundation assists the school district in
providing enhanced educational opportunities for
students and teachers. Since the
foundations inception, it has granted funds
to all Carthage R-9 District schools for
educational programs and classroom equipment, and
has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships
to graduating seniors. For more information about
Carthage R-9 School Foundation, please call
Lot a times its just
The City Council approves a
lot a stuff that just has ta be done for the
City to function from day to day. There are
just a lot a times there will be 10-0 votes.
I would personally,
however, get a little nervous if there
werent split votes from time to time.
There is no way for ten folks to agree on
everthing all the time.
Course the appearance
of a unanimous decision on a consistent basis
has not been a problem as far as I can tell
as long as anyone can remember in Carthage.
As a teacher a mine once
instructed me, the majority may rule, but
nothin in the constitution guarantees
that the majority is always right. Its
always good ta have someone question a
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
in a Tiny Backyard
Q: I have a very small
backyard, not big enough to plant a garden, but
Id like to try container gardening.
Im also interested in making my own
compost, but again, theres a space issue.
Do you have any suggestions? -- Carla in
A: Its possible to have a
compost pile in smaller backyards, although the
composting action may not be as fast or thorough
as a larger pile. There are a number of options
The biggest problem with a
backyard compost pile is locating it far enough
from the house to prevent rodents and insects
that may frequent the pile from getting into your
house. The pile must be at least 10 feet away,
and farther if possible.
Really small backyards or patio
areas just dont create enough distance to
safely locate a typical compost pile. But you can
purchase a large plastic composter from the
home-improvement store. This unit, either barrel-
or sphere-shaped, is raised several inches off
the ground and can be rotated using a hand crank
to turn the compost. This is a fairly expensive
option, costing well over $100 for most units.
And friends of mine whove tried compost
barrels felt that while composting was adequate,
it wasnt as fast and didnt create as
rich a soil.
A cheaper option is simply
composting in a large bucket (or buckets). You
cant generate as much compost, and you must
turn the compost about once a week with a shovel
or garden spade. Keep the bucket covered but not
sealed to allow air to exchange freely but keep
Follow the basics of
composting, in any case. A layer of kitchen
scraps, fallen leaves and other organic material,
sans meat scraps (which will draw maggots and
rodents), should be covered with a layer of dirt.
Turn the pile as more compost is added and add a
thin layer of dirt if needed.
HOME TIP: Composting even a
small amount provides a rich layer of
nutrient-laden soil for your plants by
springtime, and costs nothing.
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