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Friday, October 18, 2002 Volume XI, Number 87

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002, at the Masonic Temple, 7th & Maple.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Annual Pancake Feed at the Carthage Fire Department will be held from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, October 19th. It is $3.00 per person. Correction of Tuesday’s Maple Leaf insert misprint of $1.50 per person.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Diabetic Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23rd in the McCune-Brooks hospital dining room. This month the group will learn about different exercise programs in the Carthage area.

today's laugh

The doctor tells the new patient, "Here’s exactly what’s wrong with you. You don’t eat right, you don’t exercise, and your eyes are weak. My signs says I’m a veterinarian."

A motorcycle cop stops a driver and starts to write a ticket because the man was going fifty-five miles per hour in a thirty-mile per hour zone. The driver looks at it nicely and says, "Could you make that eighty? I’m trying to sell the car."

Nothing gets an old bill paid like a new toothache.


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


"Sweet Cider" Vender Had Trouble With
Two Gipsy Women this Morning.

Old man Mitchell, whose mournful song of "S-w-e-e-t C-i-d-e-r" has made him a familiar character on the streets of Carthage for years, says he was the victim of a hold-up this morning.

Mitchell’s home is on a small farm a few miles directly north of Carthage. He says as he was coming to town this morning with his truck wagon loaded with potatoes, two gispy women met him near the middle bridge and want to tell his fortune.

He stopped to talked to them, and one of the women told him to cross her palm with silver. He dropped a quarter into her dirty hand. She said it wasn’t enough, so Mitchell dropped in a half dollar.

While the gispy was running over her rigmarole of "gude luck," "crossing’ water," "getta letter from friend," Mitchell happened to glance back over his shoulder and saw the other woman scooping potatoes out of the rear end of his wagon and dropping them on the ground.

Mitchell jerked his hand away from the fortune teller and jumped out of the wagon. The old gipsy had a bushel of potatoes on the ground. While he was loading them in the women ran away.

  Today's Feature

Parade Plans Move Ahead.

Plans for the Maple Leaf activities Saturday are for a typical crowd. With the Saturday forcast of thunderstorms in the morning, then variable clouds during the afternoon with still a chance of showers, some of the planned events may get dampened from time to time. With a predicted high of 63F and winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. and the chance of rain 70%, umbrellas should be a common protective measure. Threats of rain have not seemed to diminish attendance over the last few years, however, and a large crowd is expected.

The parade has attracted over 170 entries this year, similiar to recent previous years according to the Chamber of Commerce, general organizer of the event.

Blood Inventories Low

Officials at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) have issued a CODE YELLOW ALERT. Inventories of O- blood type are extremely low. The CBCO will be hosting a blood drive at: Carthage, Monday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCune-Brooks Hospital, 627 W. Centennial.

New Exhibit at Shellie’s.

By Lee Sours, artCentral

If you’ve never been to an art opening, you might want to add that experience to your list. At the last opening, Robin made a Latin Chicken dish that was to die for (or to put on tiny toast.) My contribution involved grated orange rind and toasted almonds. When eaten with peaches it had that fuzzy navel flavor.

This is October and while the rest of the world is looking pretty scary with all the witches and goblins, at artCentral it is very lovely. On exhibit now are the florals and landscapes of Verneil Roper and Mary Ellen Pitts. Verneil has some lovely garden scenes and scenes from Santa Fe. Mary Ellen has painted some autumn scenes which really capture the feeling of this time of year.

New this week at Shellie’s downtown is a display of the works of two area artists, Paula Giltner and Liz McCool. Paula has contributed area architectural landmarks and Liz has contributed sailing ship miniatures. Paula Giltner is a Joplin artist and Liz McCool is a native of England now living near Anderson. Shellie’s Downtown cuisine is located at 207 West Third.

I’m looking forward to our next group exhibit which will feature the works of members of the Ozark Artists Colony. We’ll have some of Tricia Courtney’s award winning, highly textured paintings. And Jon Page’s paintings will also be on display. He has some dynamite acrylics with old windows and screen doors for frames. More about this exhibit later.

HOURS: Tue. – Fri. 11 - 5

Sunday 12 -5 Closed Mon. and Sat.

1110 E 13th 358-4404

Just Jake Talkin'


I always figured it either rained or it didn’t, a 50/50 proposition. What I’ve come to understand is when the weather folks predict a 70% chance of rain, is that 70% of the area bein’ predicted will get rain and 30% won’t. So I’m predictin’ the Carthage will be in the 30% that won’t get rain on Saturday. Or at least that 30% of Carthage won’t get rain. That should cover the Square, the Car Show, and the Band Contest.

Or we could figure that 30% of the day won’t get rain. That still leaves around eight hours for the various activities and still get the moisture we need.

Whatever the reasonin’, there’s still a good chance the celebration will move along without too much diversion. I figure 30% is still pretty good odds.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Oak Street health & herbs

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition

By Mari An Willis


Now let’s see...yep, we need rain and it is time for the Maple Leaf Parade...we should get some rain!!! It seems that is part of the charm associated with parades...the snuggling to stay dry and warm. A real affirmation that fall has arrived. Carthage sure knows how to throw a fun parade and festival.

This is also squash and pumpkin time of the year. Both of these vegetables are high in Vit. A & C and fiber. Apples, well you can’t say enough for apples. Over the years many people with gastric disorders have discovered that slippery elm bark powder mixed with applesauce can ease digestive and eliminative problems. Dr. Christopher used it in many of his formulas for nourishing the sick and soothing mucous membranes. When my kids were young we ran across a recipe that used it with juice to make a jelled consistency which we substituted for "gummy worms."

The old time remedy derived from the Arnica flower has been used for sore muscles and bumps and bruises for decades. There are always plenty of those after a parade. My friend even uses it on her horses. Arnica cream was one of the mainstays in my medicine chest when the twins were young and learning to walk. My Mother took a bad fall at the age of 72 and was able to stop most bruising and soreness when she applied the arnica gel. One would not use arnica on an open wound.

Have fun, be safe and enjoy the Maple Leaf Festivities.



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