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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 Volume X, Number 183

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections Senior Program will have a Coffee Connection at 10 a.m. on Wed., March 6th in the dining room of McCune-Brooks hospital. Jeanne Brummet, Director of Magic Moments Riding Therapy, will have a short presentation. Matt Myers of artCentral will also speak. Refreshments will be served.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Family Literacy Council has Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs for sale. Eggs will be available for $2 each at local Carthage business or may be ordered by calling 358-5926.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library’s "Record Breaking Readers" and "Hobbits and Hot Chocolate" winter reading programs will end on March 11th. Awards day will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th in the Library Annex.

today's laugh

Renter: I’ll send you a check for the first of the month.
Manager: Could you give me a rough idea of what month?

Two men both grabbed for the check after eating lunch together. The man to get the check said, "Either you’re losing your grip, or I don’t know my own strength."

The worst thing about history is that every time it repeats itself the price goes up.


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

Hauling Out Bridge Iron.

Robt. Ralston has been engaged for several days hauling iron from David Miller’s residence to the site of the small bridges to be erected at Dudenville, White Oak and Gibson’s ford.

Mr. Miller has had this iron at his residence for a week or two, punching rivet holes and doing what cutting was necessary.

These iron pieces are 32 feet long and make heavy hauling. The last load went out yesterday morning bound for Dudenville. As it is a 23 mile drive, it was not the intention to make it in one day. Ralston stopped over at Avilla last night and got to Dudenville some time today.

Capt. A. Foster had been in Carthage just thirty-six years yesterday and Judge M. G. McGregor celebrated his 26th anniversary as a citizen the day before.

  Today's Feature

Fireworks Vote Approaches.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on a Council bill next Tuesday that would allow the discharge of fireworks within the City and City Parks from July 1 through July 4. The bill would also allow the sale of fireworks for the same period of time. Bottle rockets would not be allowed to be discharged or sold in the City.

The bill failed to gain the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 2000 about 11,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks. About 55 percent of the injuries were burns, and most of the injuries involved the hands, eyes, and head. About half of the victims were under 15 years of age.

Sixteen states put severe restrictions on the use of fireworks. Seven of those states allow only sparklers and other novelties. They are Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Nine states ban all consumer fireworks. They are Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Just Jake Talkin'


If you have any reservations about allowin’ folks to shoot fireworks throughout the City for the first four days in July (or five if the Fourth falls on Sunday), you need to let your Council member know.

At my last informal count from talkin’ with members, there are only two that are definitely against this blast from the past. A couple more are luke warm, but from all indications, six members are gonna open up your neighbor’s back yard for a fireworks display and four (or five) days of the joyful bliss of firecrackers poppin’ until 11 o’clock at night. Sweet dreams.

You might also want to inquire as to how the mayoral candidates feel about this issue, somethin’ I’m sure you’ll remember come July.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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by Donna Erickson

The current issue in our household is weighing the amount of time the kids spend on athletic practice (basketball) and time spent on music lessons. Although some days I feel like it’s a "jock" vs. "get a little culture" debate, it’s really about balance and giving the kids experiences in a variety of areas without overloading them. I’m supportive of their coaches and believe in the goals of sportsmanship, teamwork and skill building, not to mention the great exercise sports provide. But where does my daughter’s oboe or my sons’ baritone and piano fit on the extracurricular time curve?

As an incentive and to encourage my kids to keep up their interest in music, I’m planning on awarding them with their own "Gold Record." This incentive will commemorate their efforts to practice faithfully on a regular basis. The personalized awards will hang on the wall as a reminder of their accomplishments.

Here’s how to make a Gold Record Award: Dig into boxes in your attic or garage and look for old record albums or 45’s. Don’t be surprised if your kids of the CD generation don’t know what they are! Choose a record you can part with and spray paint an entire side gold. Let dry. Over the painted label portion, print with a black marker an original record title such as "Violin Melodies" and your child’s name.

Meanwhile, cut a piece of posterboard or foam core to fit a 12 x 16-inch picture frame. Glue the record to the top center of the posterboard. Below the record, glue a school picture of your child or a snapshot of him/her playing the instrument. On an index card, print the achievement, such as "Congratulations on reaching your goal of 50 hours of trombone practice" or any other accomplishment you and your child set as a goal, and glue it to the side of the picture. Assemble the frame and present to your child.


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