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Monday, January 10, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 138

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...Computer classes at the Family Literacy Center at 706 Orchard St. beginning on Wed. Jan. 12 at 10:00 a.m. There is no charge for these classes.

today's laugh

There’s this Antartian out for a walk. He comes to a river and sees another Antartianon the opposite bank. "Hellooo!" he yells, "How do I get to the other side?"

The second Antartian looks up the river then down the river then shouts back,

"You are on the other side."

An Antartian woman visited a psychic of some local repute.


In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the mystic delivered grave news:

"There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just be blunt - prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year."

Visibly shaken, the Antartian stared at the woman’s lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her hands. She took a few deep breaths to compose herself. She simply had to know. She met the fortune teller’s gaze, steadied her voice, and asked:

"Will I be acquitted?"


Out of courtesy, Sharks never attack lawyers.


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


One of the Drury college boys dropped in this morning and roundly roasted both Capt. Haydon and the Frisco conductor for the loss of Haydon and Bagby at Monett enroute to Carthage for their game. The conductor saw the boys coming only a half block off and would not wait for them. In fact the conductor reminded them of Capt. Stebbins later in the day. They will use their influence against that conductor, and as to their team next year they are to be brought to Carthage chained in a box car for Drury is determined to beat Carthage yet.

When the train reached Monett, Haydon and Bagby, desirous of viewing that metropolitan city, proceeded to take in the sights. They wandered so far away that they were unable to reach the train in time and both were left behind. Both men are being severely criticized by the college boys, and especially from the fact that Haydon has been captain of the team during the year.

  Today's Feature

Stone’s Throw Completes Renovations.

History of Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre

In 1928 Carthage Music Club was formed by Mrs. Harry Spradling, performing musical shows in schools, churches, and other locations. In the late 1970s, as part of the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs, Carthage Music and Theatre Club was formed to broaden the scope of the Club’s productions to include theatrical performances. Once again, productions were held in schools, churches, and other locations. On September 11, 1984, Carthage Music and Theatre Club incorporated as Community Theatre for Southwest Missouri, Inc. d/b/a Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre. On May 9, 1988, Dr. Foster and Hilda Whitten donated the land on which the current theatre stands. The Theatre sponsored "A Night on Broadway ‘88" on September 10, 1988, raising $11,000 toward construction of the theatre building.

The Theatre is now a volunteer run, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and supporting the performing arts in Southwest Missouri and the Four-States Area.

Stone’s Throw is now eager to show off the recent renovations and improvements in the Theatre’s dining room; including new paint, carpets, and lighting, and encourages patrons to reserve a seat at one of its upcoming shows to check them out. Fundraising continues to further improvement to the theatre.

Beginning January 27-29, 2011 and continuing February 4-6, 2011, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, will present "Mind Over Matt", by Scott Haan. This comedy deals with a writer trying to meet his deadlines while dealing with his confusing love life and the conflicting alter egos that try to guide him but all have their own agendas. The cast includes Raven Micale, Brayden Provins, Hannah Marsh, Chris Barnes, Richard Wostal, Kitty Dixon, Joe Kowalski, Mike Smith, Lucretia Baker, Olivia Donnel, and Haven Falkner and is directed by Tom Brown. This production is in cooperation with Heuer Publishing Company.

Reservations are required and Admission & Dinner Prices are as follows:

Adults (19-54): $22, Seniors (55 up): $19, Children (6-12): $10, Youth (13-18): $19, 5 and Under: FREE, Student w/ ID: $19, Opening Night (Jan 27) Veterans w/ID $15, please call for group rates.

Show Times for Evening Performances will be: Doors Open at 6:00pm, Dinner begins at 6:30pm, Show begins at 7:30pm. At Sunday Afternoon Matinees:

Doors Open at 12:30pm, Dinner begins at 1:00pm, Show begins at 2:00pm.

Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre will also be presenting a Special Monday, February 14th Valentine’s Day performance of two related one-act plays. "Dinner with the Hornblatt’s", and "Ruby Plum" .

Stone’s Throw Theatre is located at 796 S. Stone Lane, Carthage, MO. For more information call 417-358-9665.

Just Jake Talkin'

My uncle thinks that there should be some way ta install a large, spring powered flywheel in a car. He figures it would work somethin’ like a clock, ya wind it up and it provides a constant, clean, inexpensive power. I suppose if it was positioned right, it would also act as a gyroscope to keep the vehicle from turnin’ over easily.

There would no doubt be some technical difficulties to be overcome. The basic premise, of course, is to take advantage of momentum. That mysterious source of energy that wants to continue motion once it is initiated. Momentum is not limited to the strict physical sciences, it seems to be a critical part of sports events, wars, and politics.

I’ve always worried that my uncle’s clockmobile would stop short of the top of a hill and reverse momentum would win.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

Why Stainless-Steel Sink

Loses Its Shine

Q: I was in the stainless-steel business for many years and thought I would comment on your recent column regarding cleaning a stained sink. Stainless steel is indeed an alloy of iron, chromium and nickel. (Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, not copper and bronze. Bronze is itself an alloy of copper and tin.) The oxidation layer of chromium is what protects the metal from staining. However, when it is scratched or worn away by abrasion, a new layer is instantaneously formed because chromium reacts immediately with the oxygen in the atmosphere. The layer is always present. It is clear, extremely hard and more or less impervious. Otherwise, the iron would oxidize, forming rust.

Any popular kitchen cleanser will remove stains. However, to return to the factory polish finish is generally impossible because the sheets used to form sinks are polished at the mill with high-speed heavy machinery. It would be nearly impossible to duplicate this finish by hand. -- Joe F., via e-mail

A: Great information, Joe, and thanks for the clarification! Stainless-steel sinks are quite durable, and most stains or spots are made by other objects -- for example, leaving a piece of damp steel wool in the sink overnight will inevitably reveal a rust spot the next day. However, a wipe and a rinse generally removes the spot.

As Joe noted, stainless-steel sinks do lose their gleaming shine over time, particularly if you use abrasives. You can keep the finish looking uniform by rinsing and wiping down the sink each night with a nonabrasive cloth or sponge, then drying with a towel so that water spots don’t form. If you want to add a bit more shine to the sink, try using a commercial stainless-steel-sink polish occasionally, following the directions on the package carefully.

HOME TIP: Never use a steel-wool pad to clean a stainless-steel sink. Steel-wool pads have a tendency to break apart, and tiny particles of steel can become embedded in sink’s surface. The steel particles will rust, making it appear that the sink itself is rusting.

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