The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Monday, December 30, 2002 Volume XI, Number 136

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .A new Stress Support Group kick-off will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 6th in the Skilled Activity Room, 3rd floor of the McCune-Brooks hospital. Discussion will include depression, feeling overwhelmed and financial stress among others. Call 359-2316 for more info.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library will close are 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and remain closed for New Year’s Day. The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold the first Saturday used booksale of 2003 on Sat., Jan. 4th, from 8 a.m. ‘til noon at the Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Ave.

today's laugh

"Ouch, Mummie, I hurt my toe!" cried small Janey, who was playing out in the garden.
"Which toe, dear?" I inquired, as I examined her foot.
"My youngest one," sobbed Janey.

A youngster was being shown a new baby who was very bald.
"Where did he come from?" he asked.
"From heaven."
Turning to his mother, the boy said:
"Gee, they cut hair close in heaven, don’t they?"

Ambition may be alright but it sure can get a fellow into a lot of hard work.


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


Thieves gained entrance into Harris Wickham’s grocery store at the corner of Oak and Fall streets, last night by breaking in a front window light with a chunk of coal. They ransacked the stock, but carried little away. Among the missing articles were chewing tobacco, a few packages of coffee and five rolls of butter.

Neighbors saw three men standing on the back steps of the grocery about 9:30 o’clock but when they approached they slunk away in the shadows and disappeared. This led to an investigation and a rear window was found pried open from the inside.

A telephone call was sent in and Officer Hedrick responded. Mr. Wickham was also sent for. Several suspicious characters have been hanging around town some time, having come here with the shipment of men for railroad work. They do not work and habitually resort to the saloons, loafing around the front and rear of these places.

  Today's Feature

Extension Council Election Durnig January.

During January, the public has an opportunity to cast its vote in a public (but not well-known) election for who will represent their interests on the University Outreach and Extension council in their county.

County extension councils (mandated by state statutes) are the governing body for local educational opportunities provided by University Outreach and Extension. Council members -- both publicly elected and appointed citizens -- work with extension faculty in making decisions concerning extension programs, personnel, council elections and the local extension budget.

The reasons Missourians have for serving on publicly elected University Outreach and Extension county councils are as varied as the people themselves.

Thousands of Missourian's take advantage of extension programs each year. Nearly 2,100 statewide become involved by serving on a county council.

In order to get a ballot, contact your local extension office to find out voting dates, procedures and places.

Just Jake Talkin'


Looks like ought 2 is over. Ought 3 just doesn’t have the ring, it’s still better than oh 3.

I’m gettin’ ready to ignore all the shows that wanna remind ya of all the stuff that happened in ought 2. Not because of any ill feelings toward the year, just don’t care to hear about it for two days non stop.

I’m figurin’ I’ll hear more by accident than any person should have to on purpose. I know what happened, if I wanna remember it I will.

If ya wanna help me out, tell me what happened yesterday, or twenty years ago, that’s what I have trouble rememberin’.

If ya really wanna get my attention, tell me what’s happenin’ tomorrow. I can bet money on that and make it a real year to remember.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition

by Mari Ann Willis


By Samantha Mazzotta

Unclogging the Tub

Q: My relatives’ holiday visit finally sent our aging tub over the edge: It drains slowly, even after a short shower. How can I fix this? I don’t want to use a chemical drain cleaner. — Melanie F., Fort Myers, Fla.

A: Sounds like it’s time for a post-holiday overhaul! Even brand-new tub drains can suffer from high-volume use, as hair and soap form "gunk" clogs that much faster.

In this case, the whole drain assembly should be addressed. The assembly includes the area from the round drain opening in the bottom of the tub to the trip lever that closes the drain and allows water to fill the tub. A linkage and stopper system runs from the trip lever to the drain; removing this and cleaning it will often clear up the slow-drain problem.

Gather the following tools: a screwdriver, a small wire brush, needle-nose pliers, vinegar and heatproof grease. Keep a plunger handy and bring along a hand auger (or plumber’s snake) just in case. Also, put a couple of rags in your toolkit.

Identify the type of drain assembly your tub has: plunger or pop-up. The plunger type uses a brass plug (the plunger) to stop water from draining; the drain opening is unaffected. The pop-up type is easy to identify because when you push the trip arm to plug the drain, a metal drain stopper covers the drain opening.

With a plunger-type assembly, remove the screws on the trip arm’s cover plate and carefully pull the cover plate off the overflow opening. The entire linkage should come out with it: two linked metal rods with a heavy brass plug dangling at the end.

A pop-up drain is removed in two stages. First, move the trip lever up into the full-open position, grasp the metal stopper in the drain opening at the bottom of the tub, and carefully pull out the stopper and the rocker arm. Second, unscrew and remove the cover plate, gently pulling the linkage out.

Clean the linkage assemblies with the wire brush dipped in vinegar. Lubricate the assembly (except the stopper and rocker arm) with heatproof grease.

At this point, you can also adjust the range of the linkage, which will help the drain close completely. The top rod of the linkage (the "lift rod") can be screwed up or down — down increases the range of motion, while up decreases it. Give this a try before reassembling everything.


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