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Wednesday, July 9, 2003 Volume XII, Number 15

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will hold it’s regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 10th at the Masonic Temple, behind the Carthage Public Library. Work will be done in the first degree as well as regular business. This will also be the annual move-up night for the officers. All area Masons are invited to attend. For more information call Rob Lewis at 417-623-7112.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Multi-Culture Committee meets monlthy and is currently focusing on organizing the 3rd Annual "Festival of Friends," and is seeking volunteers and more cultural displays. Interested persons are invited to attend the next meeting at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 9th at the Family Literacy Center, 706 Orchard. For more info call Corinne 358-3270, Jinny 358-2158, Tomasita 358-1401 or FLC 358-5926.

today's laugh

Boxer- "Have I done him any damage?"

Disgusted Second- "No, but keep swinging. The draft might give him a cold."

A rookie passing the mess hall, asked the cook:

"What’s on the menu tonight?"

"Oh, we have thousands of things to eat tonight."

"What are they?"


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

Common Slang and Phrases.

New Additions to the English Language.

"Cinch" is a word that has recently come to us, a very expressive metaphor taken from the Mexican "cincha," meaning the tightening of a saddlegirth. Hence to get a cinch on one is to have one in a grip as tight as a saddle of a mustang. The true significance of this metaphor appears in that amusing Western poem "One of the Palls," written by Jonah Le Roy Robinson, of Watertown, S. Dak.:

Joe had no sense o’ time to quit;

Stunted discreetion and stall-fed grit

Helped him unbuckle on many a cinch,

Whar sensible men ‘ud have died in the pinch

Among the slang phrases, some of which have really been assimilated into the language and are frequently used by editorial writers, a great many have come from the race track in recent years, showing that, in this country slang is everyday language.


  Today's Feature

No Action On Renaming Field.

The monthly Public Service Committee meeting was held Monday night at the Park Department Office.

New business discussed included the renaming of the Fair Acres Sports Complex softball fields. The youth softball program expressed that they would like to name the fields, now called 1, 2, 3, and 4, in honor of Tiffany L. Peterson.

"You start naming fields, and we have a lot of fields to name," said Public Service Committee Chair Jim Woestman. "That field has only been out there a couple of years, so I’m against naming fields after people."

"Maybe instead of an official name, we could have ‘In Memory Of’," Suggested Committee Member Ron Ferguson.

Member Jackie Boyer suggested a memorial bench or plaque in honor of Tiffany Peterson.

"You start it and there’s just no stopping," said Woestman.

Ferguson stated that naming the field after Tiffany Peterson could possibly be a closure for friends and family.

"I ride the fence both ways," said Member Claude Newport. "But I really agree with Ron, he made a real good point."

A motion to bring the naming discussion to the Council Meeting on Tuesday was not made.

Also included in New Business was the operation of the skating rink. After many years, the current supervisor is ready to pass the business on to someone new. Chad and Pam Sturgeon are considering renting the skating rink and say they are ready and willing to take a business risk

Old Business considered and discussed was possible City Code changes regarding vehicle operation in the parks. The changes would be to allow no driving on anything besides gravel and roads unless for a specific purpose.

Just Jake Talkin'


It’s time ta get down and dirty. Mudstock 2003 will commence this Saturday.

If ya wanna see a bunch of kids of all ages havin’ some good, clean fun, drive by out at the Myers Park Development just north of Wal-Mart and sit a spell. You don’t have ta get in the middle of the puddle to enjoy seein’ a few hundred kids havin’ a blast.

As usual, if kids wanna slosh in the mud they have ta wear shoes and sign in. The Police Department and Fire Department make sure the area is safe and has plenty of water to keep the mud flowin’. Other sponsors of the event keep the budget down to a minimum while makin’ sure the fun is unlimited. I believe there will even be some free t-shirts and ice cream.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• To ripen a green tomato, wrap it in a sheet of newspaper or place it in a paper bag. It can then be left on the counter for several days to ripen.

• "White vinegar will clean off fruit- or food-coloring stains on your hands — and most other places, too!" — Richard N. of Seattle

• "Instead of using baking soda in my refrigerator to control odor, I use three or four charcoal briquettes in a bowl to deodorize. I just cover the top of the bowl with a small piece of cheesecloth and a fat rubber band. The great thing is that I can still use the briquettes on the grill. So, in the summer they get changed very regularly." — Maddie L. of Newport News, Va.

• If you are going to the beach and are feeling like less than a supermodel in that swimsuit, know that Preparation H works to reduce the appearance of cellulite on skin for up to five hours. Apply it liberally to your arms, thighs or buttocks area, rub in well and reap the benefits.

• This smelly-feet foot bath was sent in by Jenny D. of Springfield, Mass.: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and a chamomile tea bag in a pan of medium hot water. Soak for up to 10 minutes. Follow up with foot powder or deodorant.

• For bloating, cucumber is a speedy diuretic. Try snacking on slices of it for a cool treat.

• Boost your metabolism by drinking green tea, hot or cold. Try it over ice with honey and a sprig of mint.

• "Add a cinnamon stick or softener sheet to your vacuum bag when you change it. While you clean, you will distribute the good smell throughout your home." — Fancy H. of Fort Collins, Colo.

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