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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 Volume XI, Number 40

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.

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

Is there anything you can do better than anyone else?
Yes, sir, read my own handwriting.

I took Pete and his girlfriend to dinner the other night. They laughed and laughed when I spoke to the waiter in French — but they didn’t know I told him to give Pete the check.


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

Every Man Was Captain.

There was a variety to the routine of drill life last night at the armory when Captain Hiatt put Lieutenants Gilbreath and Ross in the ranks with guns on their shoulders and gave every private and non-com in the company an opportunity to give his comrades five commands in the manual of arms. Some sang out their orders like captains born to the shoulder-straps, while others showed their timidity. The training was good, however, and promise to make at least colonels out of all the boys.

The night was hot, and it was a shirt-sleeve drill, accordingly there was rebellion when one of the high privates issued a command to "double time." The company snubbed their comrade by refusing to move out of a walk. Another private could not stand his sudden elevation from the ranks, and as a result Corporal Twitchell gave him a hot half hour’s drill up and down the armory, all alone.

  Today's Feature

Best Defense Against West Nile Virus is to Remove Breeding Habitat for Mosquitoes.

University Outreach and Extension offices statewide are getting telephone calls every day from people wanting to know how they can protect their family from mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.

"The best method of protection is to eliminate breeding sites for mosquitoes," said Anastasia Becker, research and outreach coordinator, University of Missouri Outreach and Extension.

Missouri is home to about 50 species of mosquitoes, several of which are capable of transmitting viruses that cause diseases in humans. Common breeding places for mosquitoes include floodwaters, woodland pools, edges of slow-moving streams, ditches, around the edges of lakes, rain barrels, birdbaths, wading pools, old tires, tin cans, guttering or in anything else that can hold water for at least a few days.

According to Becker, these are a few of the ways to eliminate mosquito-breeding sites:

1. Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires or any other unnecessary water containers.

2. Make weekly inspections of the water in flowerpots and plant containers. If mosquito larvae are seen, change the water.

3. Change the water in birdbaths once or twice a week.

4. Turn wading pools upside down when not in use.

5. Stock garden and lily ponds with top-feeding minnows.

6. Keep rain gutters unclogged and flat roofs dry.

7. Drain and fill stagnant pools, puddles, ditches, or swampy places near the home.

8. Keep the margins of small ponds clear of vegetation.

9. Place tight covers over cisterns, septic tanks, rain barrels and tubs.

10. Remove tree stumps that may hold water.

West Nile Virus is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. It presents a threat to public, equine, and animal health, and can cause fatal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in humans and horses.

Martin "Bubs" Hohulin
State Representative, District 126

It looks like we had a pretty good voter turnout for a primary election. My congratulations go out to the winners and my thanks to the losers for participating in the electoral process. When I ran the first time, the gentleman I was running against commented to me that everyone should run for something at least once in their life. I still believe that today. Now the campaigns for the fall elections will be getting into high gear. Watch for another round of political signs and commercials.

This will probably be one of the last columns that I write. As someone that did not win on Tuesday, it is time for me to get out of the way and let the new folks have their time. That is not to say I won’t be available to help with your problems and concerns. Officially, I am on duty as the representative for the 126th district until Dec. 31, 2002. I will be glad to still help with whatever problems and concerns arise.

I don’t know if you realized it or not, but you saw history in the making on Tuesday. That is the first election cycle that term limits had a major impact on. Last election cycle there were about a dozen House Members and a couple of Senators that couldn’t run for reelection. This time it was about half the House and a fourth of the Senate. Throw in some voluntary retirements and the inevitable defeats of some incumbents and about half of the Legislature will be new. As near as I can tell, there was only one incumbent House member defeated in Tuesday’s primary, but there are usually a handful that get beat in the November general election.

I really appreciate the entire readership from this column during the past twelve years. My first week in office we were given a pre-written press release to send to our local media. I dutifully sent it to my local newspapers only to discover that the person that had the district next to me sent the same release to the same newspapers! In the next edition, there they were, identical columns, side by side, with different names on them. It was at that point I decided to write my own columns. With the increased availability of first faxes and then email, it has become easier and easier to reach the public. When I first started this column it only went to the media and we sent it out by letter. When we got our first fax machine in the office we thought it couldn’t get any better than this! Now with email we send to literally hundreds of people. Not a week goes by that at least some of you don’t write back with comments, and I appreciate that you took the time to do that. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. Thanks again and I wish you all the best.

As usual, I can be reached at House Post Office, State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, or 1-800-878-7126, or for your questions, comments, or advice.

Just Jake Talkin'


Summer is almost over for those of school age and their parents. Books, clothes and supplies will no doubt consume the bulk of time and money for families for the next couple a weeks.

‘Course the most life alterin’ circumstances will surround those who have kids enterin’ the "system" for the first time. It’s been long enough that I don’t even know at what age youngsters begin school. Seems ta be earlier all the time. What with the pre and pre-pre schools, I’m never sure when the book learnin’ process actually starts.

One thing for sure, the additional activity around the school yards means those of us movin’ through in vehicles have to take note. Those little legs can pop out in front of a car in a heart beat.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I play handball with a friend and have played with him every week for the past 10 years.

At the end of a game, he is drenched with sweat, but I have very little. He claims that if a person does not sweat heavily, that person is not exercising heavily. Is there any truth to this? — W.S.

ANSWER: There’s not much, if any, truth to it.

Sweating helps the body dissipate heat generated by exercising muscles. Drenching sweats do not dissipate heat. Only when sweat evaporates from the skin is heat lost.

The amount of sweat a person produces depends on acclimatization, level of training and, to some extent, intensity of exercise. Much is also due to idiosyncrasy, each body having a different sweating program.

You and your friend have been playing the same game for 10 years. You are both acclimatized to it. You both are on the same level of training. You both exert approximately equally.

His profuse sweating does not mean that he is exercising any more intensely than you are. You are both programmed to the beat of different drummers when it comes to sweating.


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