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Wednesday, October 15, 2003 Volume XII, Number 84

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Class of 1978 Reunion will be held from 7-12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17th in the old Eugene Field School. Classmates of any age invited. For more information contact Piper, Shellie, or Teresa at 358-3879.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Veterans Alliance will meet at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 16th at the V.F.W. Hall. They will finalize plans for the Veterans Day Program to be held at the Memorial Hall. All veteran organizations are welcome to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 22nd in the McCune-Brooks Hospital dining room. Donna Nelson, RN, will speak about handling life’s challenges. Refreshments and recipes will be served.

today's laugh

"Let me hear how far you can count."
"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, Jack, Queen, King."

"Mummy, why does it rain?"
"To make things grow. To give us apples, pears, corn, flowers—"
"Then why does it rain on pavement?"

Mother (teaching alphabet)- "Now, dear, what comes after O?"


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

Common Slang and Phrases.

"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

Grant Applications Requested.

The Carthage Community Foundation is preparing to begin its second round of grantmaking to benefit Carthage area Charities. In August of 2002, grants totalling $2,050 were made from The Carthage Fund. This year CCF is partnering with Donor Advised Funds, and will be making grants of about $7,500 to local charities. Grants are not restricted to any particular field of interest, but grant requests benefitting the arts are being solicited.

In or to announce grants by mid December, the following deadlines have been set:

November 10th - submission of Concept Letters.

December 1st - filing of Grant Applications for qualifying projects.

Any interested grant applicant needing copies of the Grant Policies, together with guidelines for preparing a Concept Letter should call the Carthage Community Foundation office at 359-5534.

Concept Letters should be mailed to P.O. Box 609, Carthage, or faxed to 358-3369.

Just Jake Talkin'


I got into another one a those, you go, no you go, no you go, speechless discussions at the intersection the other day. This time it was with a motorcycle rider. Had his (I think it was a he) face shield down so I couldn’t tell the expression, but we had quite a discussion decidin’ who was gonna balk first. After a couple a false starts, the biker won out. I can only take so much of bein’ mister nice guy and after a while I go on through just ta prove a point. The problem is, I haven’t figured out what the point is. I find myself talkin’ to myself sayin’ somethin’ like, ‘well, if you’re gonna be that way, I’ll just show you’ and off I go. Guess I just don’t have the stamina I used too. When I was younger I could sit at a corner longer than anyone. That really showed ‘em too, I suppose.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• Heather D. of Jacksonville, Fla., gives us this tip: Save your toddler clothes as you get closer to potty training. Many of those pants, shorts and jumpers will fit again once the diapers come off.

• When considering a gift for someone who has a newborn baby, don’t forget that practical items can make great gifts: a nice moisturizing and antibacterial hand soap; pretty hair ties for women with long hair; gift certificates and menus for local restaurants that deliver; and extra diapers, which are always appreciated.

• Doctors say these things can help women decrease or avoid PMS symptoms: limit intake of caffeine; increase sleep time; eat smaller, more frequent meals; get more sunshine (wear sunscreen, of course); and avoid stress.

• "A cushy changing pad can double as a makeshift sleep mat when covered with a blanket. I use mine when I am out visiting friends and my daughter gets tired. It gives her a chance to stretch out, and she’s perfectly comfortable when I put it on the floor in an out-of-the-way place. I still keep an eye on her, though." — Pat B. in Front Royal, Va.

• "If you have dry, scaly feet, try this overnight treatment: Wash and dry feet. Rub in a light moisturizer, followed by a thin layer of petroleum jelly (avoid the area between toes). The petroleum jelly will seal in the lighter moisturizer, which is absorbed right away. Cover your feet with cotton socks and leave them on all night. If your feet feel too hot with socks on, cut the toes off. Do it every night for seven days, and I swear it will make a difference. Sure does for me!" — Brian in New York

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