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Monday, November 8, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 98

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . There will be a Singles Reaching Out West Thanksgiving party Fri. Nov 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ulmer’s Community room, 1208 S Garrison. Pot luck with turkey to be provided. $3 -358-1156

Did Ya Know?.. . There will be a FREE Veterans Pancake Feed at the VFW post Sun. Nov 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. All vets free, non-military $5. Junction of 171 and Oak St. Everyone Welcome.

today's laugh

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 Chad’s mother and tell her he is OK. He can’t 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 hadn’t 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 didn’t hear.

Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas can will blow up? The wet wood still didn’t burn, but one of our tents did. Also some of our clothes. John is going to look weird until his hair grows back.

We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Webb gets the car fixed. It wasn’t 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; that’s probably why he can’t get insurance on it. We think it’s 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. Don’t worry about anything. We are fine.

Love, Cole


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 Oklahoma.

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.

  Today's Feature

Fundraising Campaign.

The Carthage R-9 School Foundation’s 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 year’s card are: Cabo del Sol, Carthage Family Restaurant, Domino’s Pizza, El Charro, Hardee’s, Iggy’s Diner, Long John Silver’s, McDonald’s, Ocean Buffet, Oriental Villa, Outback Steakhouse, Quiznos, Shake’s, 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 Cash.

The Carthage R-9 School Foundation assists the school district in providing enhanced educational opportunities for students and teachers. Since the foundation’s 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 417.359.7047.

Just Jake Talkin'

Lot a times it’s just a no-brainer.

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 weren’t split votes from time to time. There is no way for ten folks to agree on ever’thing 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. It’s always good ta have someone question a decision.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

Sterling Compost in a Tiny Backyard


Q: I have a very small backyard, not big enough to plant a garden, but I’d like to try container gardening. I’m also interested in making my own compost, but again, there’s a space issue. Do you have any suggestions? -- Carla in Burlington, Vt.

A: It’s 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 available.

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 don’t 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 who’ve tried compost barrels felt that while composting was adequate, it wasn’t as fast and didn’t create as rich a soil.

A cheaper option is simply composting in a large bucket (or buckets). You can’t 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 rainwater out.

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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