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Monday, November 25, 2002 Volume XI, Number 113

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .On Monday, Dec. 2nd a new McCune-Brooks Hospital Support Group will meet from 6-7 p.m. in the Skilled Activity Room, 3rd Floor. The topic is "Holiday Stress." Discussion will include depression, feeling overwhelmed and financial stress. Call 359-2316 for more info.

Did Ya Know?. . .Salvation Army Captain will speak at the Carthage Business and Professional Women’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 25, 2002 at Arby’s of Carthage on West Cental. Interested persons are invited to attend. Nuts are now available for the annual scholarship fund-raiser.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Salvation Army will be accepting applications for bell-ringers. Applicants should be able to stand for long periods of time and withstand cold weather. Applications will be taken Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. starting Mon., Nov. 11th at 125 E. Fairview. For more information please contact Crystal Thompson at 417-358-2262.

today's laugh

What do you get when you cross . . .

. . . a bumblebee with a doorbell?
A hum dinger

. . . a lion with a parrot?
I don’t know, but when it talks you’d better listen.


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


A farmer’s team left unhitched in front of the postoffice last evening, started to walk away. The farmer’s dog was under the wagon and stepped out evidently to see who was driving, for, seeing no one on the seat, he ran in front of the team, jumping at the horses heads without barking.

The horses jerked this way and that way to dodge the dog, but the faithful animal stayed right in front of them. Finally it jumped high enough to grasp the inside check lines in its teeth, bringing the horses to a stop as it dropped between them.

At this moment the farmer came out and thinking the dog was acting maliciously he took a whip from the wagon and started at the dog.

Admiring bystanders told him what the dog had done, and the old farmer bought him a dime’s worth of beef steak instead of giving him the whip.

  Today's Feature

5.23% Transfer Recommended.

The Carthage Water and Electric Plant Board voted last Thursday to recommend that the transfer of funds from the utility to the City be fixed at 5.23% of billed revenue. The City also currently receives an average of 1.9% of total billed revenue in the form of the PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Tax) charge. Their recommendation would not affect rates currently in place for customers of the utility. The recommendation will need the approval of the full Council.

The transfer and PILOT combined amount has been set at a fixed amount of $1,108,000 for the last several years. Over time the PILOT revenue, collected by CW&EP for the City as a percentage of utility bills, has increased as total revenues for the utility have increased. The result has been that the transfer amount has therefore decreased. The recommendation of the Board would put both the transfer and the PILOT on a percentage basis and the City revenue would rise or fall along with the utility revenues.

Some members of the Council have indicated they would prefer a six to seven percent transfer rate.

Just Jake Talkin'


He-e-e-ere turkey, turkey turkey.

They always say that the day after Thanksgivin’ is the biggest shoppin’ day of the year. I’m sure all the local merchants are gearin’ up to be ready.

I typically, on the other hand, am engaged in those "have to" projects scheduled for last spring. If it turns out ta be a bad weather day, so much the better. Nothin’ like eatin’ leftovers and nappin’ on the couch after the day of thanks.

Fact is, prob’ly the most thankful most folks are is the fact that Thanksgivin’ always comes on a Thursday.

‘Course the fact that the Friday is a big retail day means a lotta folks are at work to take care of customers. If you’re on the shopper end of this equation, you might thank the clerk for showin’ up on the job.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Snow Shoveling Basics

Q: I just moved from Georgia to a northern state, and this winter looks like it’s going to be a cold one. I’ve heard snow shoveling can be dangerous. Why is this, and how do I clear snow safely from my driveway? — Joseph C., Manchester, N.H.

A: Snow shoveling can be dangerous because the job often requires huge exertion, which sometimes leads to heart attacks in less-than-fit shovelers. There’s also the risk of slipping, which can lead to injuries from a fall, and of course, there are the sore muscles and numb extremities that every shoveler risks.

To stay as safe as possible, warm up before tackling the snowdrifts in your driveway. Do a few jumping jacks, stretch thoroughly, do whatever it takes to bring your heart rate up gently. Then, dress in layers: long underwear (avoid cotton, which doesn’t "wick" moisture away from your skin), water-repellent pants or ski pants, a warm sweater and a water-resistant coat or parka. Wear a cap, gloves and water-resistant, nonskid boots. Layers can be removed or added depending on how cold or warm you get while outside, allowing you to set your comfort level.

Don’t allow yourself to get either too hot or too cold while working outside. Get too warm and sweat will soak your clothes; the chill air will cool that water down rapidly, posing a risk of hypothermia. So, if you are sweating profusely, go inside, take off the cold-weather gear, and have a glass of water. If you feel chilled even as you work, do the same thing — then have a cup of hot tea or cocoa to help warm up.

I probably don’t need to tell you this, but for safety’s sake, don’t drink alcohol before or immediately after shoveling snow. Not only are you at risk for hypothermia, but drunk guys waving big snow shovels just aren’t funny.

OK — how do you actually shovel the snow? Here are three tips: Keep your back straight, bend your knees, and scoop only small amounts of snow onto the shovel.

Start shoveling at the end of your driveway, and work your way in. Rest the shovel on the ground in front of the drift you want to tackle, and then slide the shovel forward to scoop snow into it. When the shovel is half-filled (or less), lift it up just a few inches and dump the snow to the side of the driveway.


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