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Monday, November 3, 2003 Volume XII, Number 97

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Ozark Wilderness Dulcimer Club invites all acoustic musicians in the Four-State area to attend their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4th in the Park Plaza Christian Church, 3200 Indiana, Joplin. For more information contact Christina at 358-9679.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Recycling &Composting Center at 1309 Oak Hill Road has Free compost and mulch available. Open Tues. through Sat., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Second Report Luncheon for the Carthage United Way will be at 12 noon on Monday, November 3rd. The luncheon will be located at the Carthage Development Center, in the First Presbyterian Church.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Edwin W. Wiggins, Post #9, will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 6th in the Legion rooms at the Carthage Memorial Hall. All members are invited to attend the meeting.

today's laugh

Jim: My brother fell off a 12-foot tree.
Kim: Did he get hurt?
Jim: No, he had only climbed up 2 feet.

Teacher- "How many fingers have you?"
Joshua- "Ten."
Teacher- Well, if four were missing, what would you have then?"
Joshua- "No music lessons."

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

A Boat on Wheels.

Jay H. Butcher, the Grant street blacksmith, has built a 14 foot row boat of exceptionally fine lines and trim appearance for his own use, and as he does not own any ground adjoining the river for a boat house, he gets around this inconvenience by converting the gears of a spare spring wagon into a transfer cart, just fitted to the boat.

When he starts for Spring river with his craft trundling along behind his buggy, he will certainly attract much attention.

Snow Last Year at This Time.

One year ago yesterday the second snow of the season fell in Carthage.
The second snow soon passed away also, but both lent an emphatic chill to the atmosphere.
The contrast this year, with its warm November weather, is quite decided.

  Today's Feature

Celebration of Schools.

Leggett & Platt has been selected to receive the Southwest Center for Education Excellence Friend-of-Education Award. The award will be presented at the annual Celebration of Schools in Billingsley Student Center on the campus of MSSU in Joplin.

Developers of the Leggett & Platt Student Learner Program include Tom Wells, Derek Martin, David Rice and Willis Paugh. The program is an educational partnership with Carthage Schools and focuses on teamwork and problem-solving through hands on technical training specializing in machining. The program was also awarded first place as a model program in a national competition sponcored by the National Tech Prep Network.

In addition to the Student Learner Program, Leggett & Platt is involved in other educational activities such as providing employees for job shadowing opportunities and serving as leaders for Ethical Decision Making Day.

Leggett & Platt was also the major contributor of funds for the construction of the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center and the stadium turf project at MSSU.

Just Jake Talkin'


Time to spit shine those smokers and get ready for the slow cook turkey festivities.

For those who have those double decker smokers, here is a trick ya might wanna try.

Put the turkey on the bottom rack, then put a nice big ham on the top rack and let ‘em cook until the turkey is done.

The turkey absorbs the drippin’s off the ham and makes some of the best eatin’ around. ‘Course the bonus is ya have the ham to spice up the left overs for the next week or so.

If you’re needin’ someone to come by and test the results, I’m always available.

I suppose there are other combinations that would work, this one is just my personal favorite.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Keeping Your Home Cozy This Winter

Q: We’ve moved from a warm climate to one with very cold winters, and can only hope our home will be cozy enough when the snow flies. How can we be sure? — Glenn T., St. Albans, Vt.

A: First, schedule an energy audit of your new home through the power company — it will either provide a kit to do this or send someone over. The auditor will point out and evaluate the most likely areas for heat loss and recommend some actions you can take to improve your heater’s efficiency.

Next, inspect the house yourself. Common heat loss areas are through gaps around joists, sills and windows; vents, outlets and conduits; areas around the chimney; ceiling and wall outlets; and attic access hatches. Look for deteriorating weatherstripping around windows and doors, and check the home’s insulation for damage and thickness.

You can take several measures to improve a home’s heating efficiency in the short time before winter sets in. The home improvement stores often feature weatherproofing aisles this time of year, so make a list of potential trouble spots and check out what’s available.

Self-adhesive foam strips are easy to install around window sashes and door frames. Reinforced felt strips along doorstops and the door’s bottom edge can cover or prevent air gaps from developing. Foam light switch/outlet sealers can be placed between the wall and switch covers to stop drafts. Seal baseboards by removing the plastic shoe molding on the bottom and spraying expanding foam sealant into the gap (using a spray wand).

Outside, silicone caulk can be your best friend. Use matching-colored or clear caulk around the edges of window and door frames. Apply it around dryer and fan vents where the vent juts through the siding. Seal larger air gaps with sprayable foam insulation. Stuff caulking backer rope between the bottom of the house’s siding and the house sill to close the gap.

Pipes are another source of concern in cold climates — they need to transport hot water efficiently, and freezing is a risk. Wrap pipes in crawlspaces with foam sleeves, and insulate the hot- and cold-water pipes extending from the water heater.

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