Volunteer Day Cancelled.
The Route 66 Chamber of
Commerce was looking for 20 community volunteers
to spend a few hours on Saturday, Nov. 12th.,
working on the historic 1939-era Boots Motel
located on Route 66 in Carthage, Missouri. The
event has been postponed to an unknown date.
Route 66 Chamber DirectorRon Hart cites lack of
cooperation with media outlets to publicize the
In a letter written to the Globe
and the Carthage Press, and supplied to
the Mornin Mail by Hart, he wrote
"I completely understand
that your newspaper has a policy of not promoting
for-profit businesses with free publicity, and
wish I had received an earlier reply to our press
release. However, I need to make several
observations to show that an oversight was made
in this instance.
"First, the Route 66
Chamber of Commerce , a not-for-profit
organization, was the originator and sponsor of
the proposed Volunteer Day event, not the owners
of the Boots Motel owners, who had only granted
permission to spend one day on their property to
help prepare the historic motel for the coming
winter, and until restoration efforts could begin
next year. The event was also to be a celebration
of the 85th anniversary of the establishment of
Route 66, and a number of local Carthage
businesses had offered to donate breakfast and
lunch, supplies and other forms of
..which I must now cancel with
Harts original news
released said: "This year, on 11-11-11,
America celebrates Veterans Day. There is a
lesser-known event that is also celebrated on
November 11th by thousands of Americans, and that
is the formal commissioning of the U.S. Federal
Highway System, and more specifically, the most
famous of them all, Route 66.
"It was on that date in
1926 that the construction of the "Mother
Road of America" was officially authorized,
and this year, fans and historians of U.S.
Highway 66 will celebrate its 85th.
"Birthday" at points all along
its 2000 + mile length between Chicago and
County Jail Count
178 November 9,
Including Placed out of County
NASCAR THIS WEEK
Makes It a Two-Car Chase
Its seven down, three
races to go in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and
quite obviously far from over, but one must
marvel at Tony Stewarts versatility.
Stewart has a) won a
championship before the Chase format existed in
2002; b) won a Chase without actually capturing
any of the races in it, in 2005; and c) won three
races in a Chase he wasnt actually in, in
Now, at age 40, burdened by the
responsibilities -- like, oh, owning his own
business -- that come with advancing years,
hes turning into the oddest elder statesman
since Willie Nelson.
Not for the same reasons, mind
Stewart is so close to the
point lead, he can taste it. If it werent
for what can only be described, in Carl
Edwards case, as the Luck of the
Missourians, Stewart might be in the
drivers seat right now instead of trying to
shove Edwards out of it.
The one-time "enfant
terrible" -- thats French for
"terrible child" -- is now
NASCARs informal sergeant at arms. To his
credit, he recognizes the irony.
"Im a car owner
now," he said. "I remember Joe Gibbs
(for whom he was driving during his championship
seasons) sitting me down and saying, There
are other guys working on these things, too. You
knock the nose off it after a race because
youre mad at somebody, all of a sudden, you
create more work for these guys.
"Maybe the crew guys need
to get mad at the drivers when we do something
stupid. Maybe the crew guys ought to pull the
drivers back in the shop and make them fix
Maybe, if theyd done that
back in the days of Stewarts impetuous
youth ... hed have had to give up driving
because of all the time he spent working on
wrecked cars. "I can barely put something
that bolts together ... together," he
Lots of chuckling took place
during the winners press conference at
Martinsville Speedway. The image of Stewart
preaching moderation and advocating good sense
just seemed ... hilarious.
"NASCAR has to stay
involved," Stewart said. "You
cant just make it a free-for-all."
But, in a way, thats what
Stewart said he wanted. He doesnt want a
free-for-all on the track. Hes inclined to
prefer a free-for-all in the garage or on pit
"Its easier for
drivers to handle it back here," he said.
"Theyll find a way to sort it out
amongst each other if you give them the