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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 Volume X, Number 247

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The next monthly meeting of the Friends of the Civil War Museum will be held at 6 p.m. on Wed., June 5th at the Museum, one block north of the square. The public is invited to attend. The group is also looking for items for donation or loan. If you have items to share, please contact Irene VanGilder at 358-4893.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their annual business meeting at 1 p.m. on Wed., June 5th in the Library Annex. Sign-ups for a "Mysterious Summer" are being taken at the Carthage Public Library YPL desk.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society has the perfect pet for you. Pick from a variety of loving animals. Call 358-6402 for more information. If your pet is lost please call ASAP.

today's laugh

A man walked into the grocery store. "I want all the rotten eggs you have," he demanded.
"What do you want with stale eggs?" asked the clerk. "Are you going to see the new comedian at the theater tonight?"
"Sh-sh-sh," hissed the buyer nervously, "I am the new comedian."

Betty- "How did mama find out you didn’t really take a bath?"
Billy- "I forgot to wet the soap."


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

Off for Washington.

T. S. Stillwell, of the Stillwell Bros. grocery store at the Kiheka or Old South Carthage mines, left yesterday with his wife for Scott, in the northwestern part of the state of Washington, where they will make their home.

They were accompanied by Mr. Jones, who has been working at the Kiheka mines, and Miss Stella Jones, the sister of the latter, who will both also make their home in the same locality.

Slept Out in the Rain.

Secretary W. A. Wilkins of the Charity Union reports an occasional case yet to care for. The latest was a family of eight, which was found sleeping in the woods on Oak street, on a rainy night recently, with no covering but a few old quilts and the trees and the clouds. Mr. Wilkins reported the case to the president of the union.

  Today's Feature

Hall Progress.

The Public Works Committee heard that the renovations to Memorial Hall are still scheduled to be completed by mid July. This report comes despite the fact that some delays have occurred.

A replacement elevator has been ordered. The original elevator hydraulic cylinder came a little short of going to the top floor. Engineering Department Director Joe Butler told the Committee that the shaft was available for measurement, but architect specifications were used to order the original elevator.

Butler classified the sump pump discharge as "poor design" and told the Committee that an alternative discharge location would be needed.

Both changes will be completed at no charge to the City said Butler.

Butler did acknowledge that work completed is satisfactory and recommended approving a requested payment. The request shows the work to be 86% complete.

The Committee also approved a recommended proposed change in Memorial Hall rates that will take effect when the renovations are complete.

Just Jake Talkin'


I hear parents talk about bein’ happy when their kids finally grow outa that "awkward" stage. ‘Course it seems they don’t ever grow out, they just move on to the next awkward stage. From crawlin’ to walkin’ to teeth fallin’ out to voice changin’ to legs growin’ to complexion problems, the list never seems ta end.

As ya gain some maturity ya figure that someday there will be no more stages left.

Unfortunately, I’ve discovered yet another "awkward" situation. I find myself between belt sizes. The notch that feels comfortable is just a little loose and the next notch in puts a real squeeze on the midsection. Very awkward. I don’t really care which, but hopefully I’ll grow out or in to a more comfortable stage soon.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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by Donna Erickson

Some of our best family activities come from the ordinary. I remember a day last June. I was checking off a routine to-do list and noticed my daughter’s writing at the bottom, "Pick up flower bouquet for Latin Teacher." Her 8th grade classmates had collected $16.00 worth of coins and bills for a group end-of-the-year, thank-you gift. What a nice idea, I thought to myself. Anyone who can motivate 14-year-olds to stick with a dead language for nine months deserves an accolade.

En route to the florist shop, we stopped at Target to stock up on the basics. The $1.99 geranium pots in front of the store immediately caught my daughter’s eye and within minutes, our cart was blooming with pink, red and white geraniums, a big clay pot and a sack of soil. An idea was germinating! She dumped her plastic bag of coins at the cash register counter and covered the bill to the penny.

We hurried home where she immediately painted the pot with bright acrylic paints, wrote the date in giant Roman numerals with permanent paint pens, leaving enough room for her classmates to sign their Latin names. I helped her pot the flowers. It was magnificent.

It’s good to step back once in a while as a parent and let the kids take the lead. If we are patient and don’t try to do everything our way, we open the opportunity for our children to learn new skills and grow in self esteem.

So, when you’re plowing through chores during the more relaxed summer months ahead, let the kids sidetrack you once in a while. One thing might lead to another, and whammo! An idea is born. It may be a little thing, but another family memory is in the making and you will have shared it with your children.


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