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Monday, August 12, 2002 Volume XI, Number 39

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Fair Acres Family YMCA is currently accepting registrations for Youth Flag Football (ages 5-12) and Youth Volleyball (5th-6th Grade). All games will be played on Saturdays. For more information contact Jarrod Newcomb or Alicia Smith at 358-1070. Financial assistance is available.

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will meet in the McCune-Brooks Hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 15th for a Carthage Tech Center presentation on Adult Tech Programs. Bingo will be played.

Did Ya Know?. . .Souper Sam’s and the Carthage Chamber of Commerce will host a Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the new Precious Moments restaurant at 4321 Chapel Road on Tues., Aug. 13th at 4 p.m. The new restaurant is located adjacent to the Precious Moments Visitor’s Center.

today's laugh

We went mountain climbing in the Alps. The guide was nice. He told us, "Be careful. Try not to slip. We’re six thousand feet up. But if you do slip, look to the right. It’s a great view!"

It’s always so foggy in this part of the country. I didn’t meet my parents until I was eight!


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


So Says a Visitor Who Thinks Carthage
Very Fortunate in Having so Many.

"The noble oaks seen in so many door yards and along so many streets in Carthage are a most precious heritage," said a Carthage visitor today.

"Doubtless many of your citizens do not fully appreciate them, being so used to seeing them. But I know many a fine city which does not have a single one within its limits, and yet would give much to have them.

"The oak is one of the most artistic of trees and lends a great charm of variety among the maples, elms, catalpas and other trees, which you also have in abundance. It would take patient care and a long time to replace these oaks if it were desired to start them from the beginning. As it is they are in place just as the forest produced them. They are at hand, ready-made to fit where wanted, as it were. What if some of them do die, unused to the artificial surroundings in their native growth, and which they cannot now get accustomed to.

"Most of them are standing it all right and will continue to do so. It is time enough to remove any of them when they finally die. Many of these oaks have been more than a hundred years in the making, as they now stand.

"What a precious contribution of time to have at our doors. No one in a life time could replace such.

"Do you know, I believe your beautiful city park of native oaks is not surpassed in a dozen states. I know many a large city that would give a vast sum to be able to set that park down, just as it is, in some choice part of its domain."

  Today's Feature

Land Deals and Day Care On Agenda.

The City Council is scheduled to meet for its regular meeting tomorrow evening at 7:30 in City Hall.

The agenda includes a vote on the authorization of a special use permit for the operation of a day care center at 1324 S. Garrison. The Council has expressed mixed opinions about the permit. Several neighbors have expressed concern over traffic and safety issues.

The Council will also hear the first reading of Council bill 02-62 that would accept a gift of land on South Hazel Avenue from Samuel J. Butcher. The property is the site of the proposed south fire sub station.

Also in first reading is Council bill 02-63 which would authorize a contract between the City and Edwin L. and Melanie K. Grundy for the purchase of City owned property. The contract calls for a purchase amount of $42,000 for the parking lot located between Lyon & Maple Streets just north of Second Street.

The Council will also be asked to approve a bank requisition in the amount of $176,554.72 for a partial payment on the Golf Course renovation.

Just Jake Talkin'


There are some thing that our ancestors just didn’t have to deal with.

Like havin’ to live with one knife short of a full set ‘cause it got stuffed in the sink disposal. Nothin’ more aggravatin’ than a knife with the tip chewed up. Specially when you’re eatin’ peas with it.

‘Course those same ancestors never had ta worry ‘bout the electricity goin’ off in the middle of their favorite tv show. Like they say, it’s a good thing Edison developed the light bulb, or we’d have ta watch tv in the dark.

They also never had ta worry ‘bout runnin’ outa gas. From what my grandad told me, the biggest problem with horse drawn carriages was the opposite, too much gas. He said a little perfume in the oats didn’t help that much.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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By Samantha Mazzotta

Q: I recently moved into an apartment whose previous owner had a cat. The cat clawed gaping holes in the screen windows. Can I fix the screens, or must they be replaced? — Jamie L., Quincy, Mass.

A: The size of the holes determines the method used to fix them. Small holes in the screens — less than one-half inch in diameter — can be repaired by weaving flexible screen wire or even strong thread through them. Larger holes will need to be patched, and big rips may require replacement of the entire screen.

To patch a hole in the screen — one that measures less than 6 inches — use a spare piece of screen (if you have any) or purchase spare screening whose weave matches the original. Cut a square roughly one-half inch wider than the edges of the hole. Center the patch over the area and attach with screen wire or a needle and thread.

Rips can often be closed temporarily with the ubiquitous flexible wire or thread. However, even if both sides of the rip meet neatly, the repair will be obvious. It’s also not as strong as a new screen. Close the rip only until you have time to get to the home-improvement store and buy replacement screens.

Remove screen windows from their hangers (on the outside of the glass windows). Unhinge screen doors and place them in a dry spot. Note how the original screens are fastened and measure them from top to bottom and side to side. Take these measurements to the hardware or home-improvement store and buy the required amount of screening.

Use a flat-headed screwdriver or large staple remover to carefully pry the old screen fastenings out of the wood (the corner staples are most important; remove as many of the others as possible). Remove and discard the old screen.

Trim the new screen so that it overlaps the edges by at least half an inch on all sides. Use a staple gun to fasten the top right corner in place.

Then, hold the bottom left corner taut and staple. Repeat with the top left and bottom right corners, then the middle right and left. Add staples along the edges to keep the screen tightly fastened and unwrinkled.

Once all the screens have been replaced, rehang them. No sweat — and no mosquitoes, either.


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