The Mornin' Mail is
Thursday, March 1-7, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 155
Did Ya Know?............ The
local Soroptimists annual Spuds N More luncheon is
Tuesday March 13 at the Lighthouse across from the First
Christian Church. They will serve from 11 to 2, for $5.00
customers get the spud, baked in special spices, and
every kind of topping known to fit on a potato, a salad,
coffee or tea and choice of a home made dessert. Call in
orders are available. There is also a silent auction that
is merchandise and services donated by local merchants.
Did Ya Know?............
Throughout March the MMBH Outpatient Lab will offer
COLORECTAL CANCER Screening Kits at no charge. Pick up
the card at the Outpatient Services Area just inside the
main entrance at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital Monday
through Friday, 6a.m. - 5 p.m. Prepare the card and
return it to Outpatient Services; results will be sent to
your home. Cards must be returned to the hospital on or
before April 6. Call 359-1350.
Did Ya Know?............ The
American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 9, and The Disabled
American Veterans & Auxiliary, Chapter 41, of
Carthage are accepting donations for a rummage sale to be
held May 5 & 6, 2012.
If interested in donating, please
contact any of the following:
Jerry Murphey 417-674-1906, Rachel
Jerry Chapman 417-423-0096, Dale
Did Ya Know?............ There
will be an indoor rummage sale to benefit river street
food pantry on Friday March 30 3pm to 7pm and Saturday
march 31 7am to 3pm 210 N River Street. There will be
coffee and donuts, bake sale, dishes, clothing,
furniture, bedding, misc...
In an orchestrated event to promote newer, more
restrictive gun laws, President Obama addresses an
audience of school children at a West Texas elementary
He stands silently at the podium and
then begins to clap and pause, clap and pause. He does
this for a while before speaking.
"Every time I clap my hands, a
child somewhere in America dies from gun violence. Even a
child should be able to see the solution." President
Obama looks expectantly over the audience.
A little boy raises his hand.
"Maybe you should stop clapping."
Two Irishmen met and one said to the
other, "Have ye seen Mulligan lately, Pat?"
Pat said, "Well, I have and I
His friend asked, "Shure, and what
dye mean by that?"
Pat said, "Its like this,
ysee...I saw a chap who I thought was Mulligan, and
he saw a chap that he thought was me. And when we got up
to one another...it was neither of us."
A woman was worried whether or not her
dead husband made it to heaven, so she decided to try to
contact his spirit by having a seance.
Sure enough, after the usual
mumbo-jumbo of calling to the spirits, her husbands
voice was heard answering, "Hello Margaret, this is
"Fred," she answered. I just
have to know if youre happy there in the afterlife.
Whats it like there?"
"Ooooooh, its much more
beautiful here than I ever imagined," Fred answered.
"The sky is bluer, the air is cleaner, and the
pastures are much more lush and green than I ever
expected. And the only thing we do, all day long, are eat
and sleep, eat and sleep, over and over."
"Thank God, you made it to
heaven," his wife cried.
"Heaven?" he answered.
"What heaven? Im a buffalo in Montana."
Plucked from Jaws of Victory.
Public Safety Committee to Kicks Chicken
Talk Back to Dally.
The City Council Public Safety
Committee referred an ordinance that would
prevent chickens from free roaming in the City
back to City Attorney Nate Dally durring its
regular meeting last Monday night in the Police
The discussion was prompted by
a request by a citizen during the last meeting to
relax the current ordinance that prohibits the
raising of chickens within 250 feet of a school,
church or other dwelling. In that ordinance,
chickens are allowed to roam free if they
dont offend other neighbors. The committee
instead decided to strengthen the ordinance to
prohibit chickens from roaming in any
Just before the vote to
recommend the change to the Council, one citizen
who promoted the case of the urban chicken,
questioned the restriction defined in the
wording. He questioned whether by including the
words "other fowl" (see the Wikipedia
definition in the sidebar) if canaries, parrots
and other house pets might not be affected. The
Committee accepted the question as legitimate and
decided to have Dally give an opinion.
The initial discussion, during
the citizens participation period, was fairly
evenly matched between a half dozen participants
from the community. Three spoke of the evils of
chicken raising within city limits, and three
spoke of the virtues.
Another couple spoke of a
broader issue of cattle and equestrian animals as
well as chickens and ducks.
During the Committee member
discussion period, no Committee member appeared
to have a well defined opinion on the matter. No
member spoke enthusiastically either for or
against, but there prevailed an attitude of
sympathy toward the neighbors of chicken raisers.
During the Citizens
participation period another citizen, recently
moved to Carthage from Joplin, asked that the
city review the prohibition of pit bulls in the
city. He said he has received three citations for
his pair of dogs. The Committee agreed to put the
item on its next agenda.
Current Chicken Ordinance.
No person shall keep chickens,
ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, or other fowl in
an enclosure which is less than two hundred fifty
(250) feet from any dwelling, church or school,
as measured from the exterior boundary of such
enclosure, nor shall any person permit the
accumulation of manure in any such enclosure.
(a) In this section
"animal" means any goose, duck, turkey,
chicken, mule, horse, sheep, hog, goat or other
domestic animal or domestic fowl.
"Animal" does not include a dog or cat.
(b) No person shall allow any
animal owned, harbored, possessed or kept by him
to run at large upon the land of another person
to the damage or annoyance of such other person.
Current Pit Bull Ordinance.
(a) Prohibited; definitions. It
shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any
way possess within the city limits of the City of
Carthage any pit bulldog. For the purposes of
this section a pit bulldog is defined to mean:
(1) The bull terrier breed of
(2) Staffordshire bull terrier
breed of dog;
(3) The American pit bull
terrier breed of dog;
(4) The American Staffordshire
terrier breed of dog;
(5) Dogs of mixed breed or of
other breeds than above listed which breed or
mixed breed is known as pit bulls, pit bulldogs
or pit bull terriers;
(6) Any dog which has the
appearance and characteristics of being
predominantly of the breeds of bull terrier,
Staffordshire terrier, any other breed commonly
known as pit bulls, pit bulldogs or pit bull
terriers; or a combination of any of these
As opposed to "fowl",
"poultry" is a term for any kind of
domesticated bird or bird captive-raised for
meat, eggs, or feathers; ostriches, for example,
are sometimes kept as poultry, but are neither
gamefowl nor waterfowl. In colloquial speech,
however, the term "fowl" is often used
near-synonymously with "poultry" or
even "bird", and many languages do not
distinguish between "poultry" and
"fowl". Nonetheless, the fact that
Galliformes and Anseriformes most likely form a
monophyletic group makes a distinction between
"fowl" and "poultry"
The historic difference is due
to the Germanic/Latin split word pairs
characteristic of Middle English; the word
fowl is of Germanic origin (cf. Old
English "Fugol", German Vogel, Danish
Fugl), whilst poultry is of Latin via Norman
Many birds that are eaten by
humans are fowl, including poultry such as
chickens or turkeys, game birds such as pheasants
or partridges, other wildfowl like guineafowl or
peafowl, and waterfowl such as ducks or geese.
County Jail Count
179 February 28,
Including Placed out of County
by Metcalf Auto Supply
CLICK and CLACK
Do those clamp-on or strap-on
devices that go on your tires help with winter
driving traction? Or do they just clamp on my
Tom: Sure, they can help. There
are several different types of devices that can
be used as temporary traction aids.
Ray: Consumer Reports tested a
few of them, and the conclusion was that they can
help, under certain situations, but theyre
not very easy to put on.
Tom: They tested one product
called the AutoSock, which is a mesh sock that
you slip over each tire, and the mesh gives you
additional traction in certain conditions.
Ray: The tested in on a
snow-covered hill in Vermont and found that with
the Auto Sock, they could get their Honda Accord
to the top of the hill, which they couldnt
do with just the all-season tires.
Tom: They also tested a set of
temporary "tire chain-like" things
called SnoBootz. With straps and Velcro, you
attach these textured rubber pads to your tires,
and the pads are supposed to dig into the snow
and increase your grip.
Ray: Consumers found that in
soft snow, SnoBootz were disappointing. They dug
into the snow and got stuck, just like regular
tires do. But on roads with packed snow, the
SnoBootz were impressive and increased tire grip
Tom: The downside of these
devices is that theyre fairly expensive
(the Auto Sock is 100 bucks per pair of wheels,
and the SnoBotz are $250 for four). While
thats not quite equal to the price of four
good snow tires (which will help you more than
anything), it is a significant investment.
Ray: Theyre also both
fairly difficult to install. So you should plan
to get wet and cold when doing so.
Tom: If you decide to toss one
of these products in your trunk, consider also
tossing in a waterproof jumpsuit and some hand
ART NOTES from
by Sally Armstrong,
Director of artCentral
I am beginning to
plan for our next exhibition here at Hyde House
which opens March 23rd and continues through
April 8th. Titled "Expressions from an
Abstract Mind", the show will include
paintings done by Springfield artist Dale
Augustson. This exhibition will also include a
two day workshop presented by the artist, March
31st and April 1st. He is hoping to have no more
than 6 students, no less than 3, so it will be a
very specialized class giving each student a lot
of attention and instruction. I have mailed out a
number of informational letters regarding this
workshop, and still have several places available
to any adult artist who might be interested in
learning a bit about abstract painting from this
artist. Dale Augustson uses acrylic paints, and
includes in his paintings a number of multi-media
"extras" such as sand and objects for
texture, as well as dimensional pieces added on
to create interest beyond the paint. I know from
viewing his paintings that he uses many additions
to the acrylic paint in his own works, and the
tiny mirrors, sequins, sea glass, fabric and lace
scraps, glitter and old photographs, twine,
sticks and stones, twine and toothpicks, make for
very interesting art! If you have never painted
before, this might be a fun and less intimidating
way to get started, as the style will be abstract
and less rigid. I would love to visit with anyone
who might have questions about this class, and
please dont hesitate to email me or call
the gallery for additional information. I can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
calling 358-4404. Meantime, we still have one
week left in the showing of the current
exhibition of the 48 artist members of JRAC which
continues to draw visitors to the gallery and
hopefully will do so again this coming weekend.
We will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from
noon to 5:00 daily, and artists may pick up work
after 4:30 on Sunday March 4th if they so desire.
Otherwise, pick-up will be on Monday the 5th from
9:00 to 5:00 that day. Please come by and take
one last look at this beautiful showing of area
artists work, and you will be glad that you
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