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Monday, August 6, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 35
Did Ya Know?... The
Missouri State Fire Marshals office is
seeking information regarding several recent
fires located east of Carthage and fires in Webb
City. It is requested that any persons with
information about the fires call the
marshals office at 1-800-39-ARSON or the
Jasper County Sheriffs Department at
417-358-8177. A reward of up to $5,000 is offered
for info leading to arrest and conviction in the
Did Ya Know?... Spare
Cat Rescue will help pay for the spay or neuter
of your cat. Call for details. 417-358-6808.
Did Ya Know?...
McCune-Brooks Health Focus for August is
Tuberculosis or TB. This disease can be spread
through the air by coughing or sneezing. TB
usually affects the lungs. A free TB testing will
be held August 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. in MBH.
Participants must plan to return Thursday or
Friday, August 9 or 10 to have the test read
between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Frustration is trying to find
your glasses without your glasses.
Civilization is held together
by three things - the staple, the paper clip, and
I figured out a way this
country can save money. All we have to do is
close thirty two states. - Milton Berle
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Tomatoes a Few Years
"I remember well -
and I am not an old man either - when the tomato plant
was considered to be poisonous," said Professor
Blanton. "My mother used to call the tomato the love
apple. The vegetable was cultivated for its ornamental
value strictly, and while nearly every southern farmer
had it in his garden he warned his children against it as
if it contained arsenic or strychnine. I dont think
it has been longer than thirty-five years since the
tomato was regarded in this light."
W.E. Carlson, who has been
visiting relatives and friends here for the past two
weeks, leaves tonight for Gainesville, Tex., where he has
been for the past four years working for G.C. & S. F.
Railway Co. After a few days in Gainesville, he will go
to Galveston to work for the same company.
Millard Bryan spent today
visiting friends at Kansas City.
One More Step
in Back to School Ritual.
from the Jasper County Health Department
Its time for
the back to school ritual, but as parents
purchase school supplies and new clothes for
their kids, there is one more step they need to
Missouri are required to be up-to-date on their
immunizations before returning to class. While
the majority of a childs vaccinations will
be given by age 2, kids will need several booster
shots before entering kindergarten, including
vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus,
pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella,
hepatitis B and chickenpox.
A child may be
exempt from receiving the varicella (chickenpox)
vaccination with a statement signed by their
parent, guardian or physician indicating the
month and the year the child had chickenpox.
Immunity from some
childhood vaccines can decrease over time, and
adolescents are at greater risk for catching
certain diseases. Teens need to get booster shots
to be better protected. The Center for Disease
Control and Prevention recommends children get
booster shots at their 12-year-old check up for
tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and meningitis. In
addition, the CDC encourages parents to consider
vaccinating their daughters age 9 or older
against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which can
lead to cervical cancer.
A complete list of
vaccinations required before children may enter
Missouri child care facilities or schools can be
found by visiting the Missouri Department
of Health and
Senior Services online at http://www.dhss.mo.gov/Immunizations/schoolREQUIREMENTS.pdf
Students who have
recently moved into the area from another state
should visit their local public health department
or their health care provider for a review of
their vaccination record, as requirements may
differ from state to state.
The benefits of
protecting children against vaccine-preventable
disease far outweigh the temporary discomfort of
the shots and the low risk of side effects. Not
only is the vaccinated children protected against
illness, but also others around them are better
protected against diseases they wont be
Some things are just hard to explain.
Explainin about that broken lamp to the
folks, or even tougher, how that figurine of a
football player lost his head. The hard part is
gettin through the explainin without
gettin your britches warmed.
I was fortunate that usually, if the act
wasnt intentional, and the explainin
was exceptional, Id get by with a stern
lecture and maybe less freedom for a while.
The football player was
probly the most unusual though. I was
watchin tv and was plannin on
goin outside to shoot the BB gun. I took
careful aim with the weapon and slowly pulled the
trigger. Wham! I was impressed with the
marksmanship, but totally surprised that the air
rifle went off. I had no idea it was cocked. I
didnt do any more shootin for a
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Solution to Hard Water Spots
Q: What can I use
to remove hard water spots from a double-pane
window? The water spots came from the garden
sprinkler. -- Virginia B., via e-mail
"Hard" water is generally called such
because of the amount of mineral deposits,
especially calcium, it contains. Its common
throughout the United States, as groundwater
often runs through sections of the earth
containing limestone, chalk or similar minerals.
Magnesium, iron and other minerals are also
typically present in hard water.
Well water -- from
which some sprinkler systems draw their water --
can contain much higher levels of minerals than
municipal water, which has reduced mineral
content due to the treatment process. Because the
most common issue with hard water is the buildup
of mineral scale on surfaces over time,
homeowners using well-water-fed sprinkler systems
should check the sprinkler heads throughout the
watering season to keep scale from clogging the
Which leads us,
sort of, back to hard water spots on windows.
These also can occur with nagging frequency and
are difficult to clean off; mineral salts adhere
to the glass quite easily. And depending on the
mineral, store-bought window cleaners may not
have any effect and can be counterproductive.
solution that may work is to apply a thin coat of
oil (lemon oil or even vegetable or olive oil) to
the glass and let it sit for about an hour. The
oil can soften the mineral scale and help lift it
away from the glass. Then, make a thick paste of
water and cornstarch (or baking soda) and dab on
with a soft cloth or toothbrush, cleaning one
section at a time in a circular motion.
Clean the entire
windowpane with warm water and mild dish soap and
check for remaining water spots; spot-clean with
the paste and toothbrush and rinse. Once all the
spots are gone, use an ammonia-based window
cleaner to finish.
HOME TIP: Using
commercial window cleaners on hard water spots
can be counterproductive. Look for nonabrasive
products specializing in removing mineral buildup
from glass and tile.
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