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Monday, December 17, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?...
Auditions for DIAL M FOR MURDER will be held
Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Stones
Throw Theatre, Carthage, Mo. The Cast calls for 5
men (any age) and 1 woman (age 25-40). The show,
directed by Betsy Fleischaker, will be presented
Feb. 7-9 and 15-17, 2008. For more information
all 417-358-7268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did Ya Know?... An
American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held
Thursday, December 20th from 11:30 to 6:00 p.m.
in the Carthage Nazarene Church, 2000 Grand
Street. A "Holiday Hero" t-shirt will
be given to everyone who donates blood.
Why does man kill? He kills for
food. And not only food: frequently there must be
a beverage. - Woody Allen
Are you guilty of stealing the
Can a duck swim?
Dont change the subject.
Come on, lets go.
I cant. I just dropped a dime on the floor.
Why dont you pick it up?
I cant - youre standing on it.
My father lost money on
everything my brother made.
What did your brother make?
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
bachelor quarters are fitted up in a manner to fill the
average tenant bachelor with envy, and the favored few
who are permitted to enter the charming portals report it
the coziest and most ornamental place in town. He is
always adding to his treasure and yesterday received a
shipment of imported stuffs, recently ordered.
In the lot is a pair of
genuine camel hair blankets, a camels hair pillow
which not only has a camels hair case but is
stuffed with that material.
He also received a fine
woolen Scotch plaid shawl, manufactured at Stuttgart,
Germany. Each side of it is a different pattern, one side
being the Macpherson plaid and the Logan, both well known
Scotch clans. Two Navajo Indian rugs are also recent
acquisitions to the many novelties which abound in Mr.
Rainwaters typical bachelor quarters.
A media release
has been received from Chamber of Commerce
President and Economic Development Director John
Bode stating that President Bush has declared
Missouri and Kansas a federal disaster area due
to the damage from the ice storm. This, according
to Bode, means that federal money will be
available to the City to reimburse them for costs
associated with limb cleanup. However, neither
FEMA nor SEMA will pay any part of private
residents costs for limb cleanup or tree damage.
A release from the
City confirmed that DNR had temporarily waived
some requirements regarding yard waste in
sanitary landfills. City Administrator Tom Short
said that the City was in the process of bidding
out collection service, as Allied Waste would not
be doing the collection. As of Friday, no date
had been set for beginning onsite cleanup.
Citizens are still
encouraged to haul fallen limbs and branches to
the City landfill, where they may be dropped free
For those citizens
who wish to clean up their yards and dont
have the proper equipment to haul the limbs
themselves, the guidelines used during last
Januarys ice storm are still recommended
for subsequent pickup. Those guidelines are as
Limbs should be
cut no more than 5 feet long and neatly stacked
inside the homeowners side of the curb. No
debris should be left in the street, as it makes
it difficult for the Street Department to clear
the roadways in case of snow. No debris should be
left in the alleys.
There is a reassurance in the seasonal changes.
Knowledge gained from experience of former winter
weather is sometimes forgotten unfortunately.
But, lessons will be repeated for those who
dont take advantage of past experience.
I turned on my wipers Friday
mornin to clear the light snow from the
windshield. They hung for a moment, then swiped
across the glass. The lesson was obvious. Part of
my wiper blade stayed attached to the ice as the
wiper ripped a chunk of the rubber. Ive
seen that before, I though to myself as I mumbled
a few words of wisdom Id learned in other
You might not teach an old dog
new tricks, but ya gotta keep tryin.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Q: Last year when
my mother-in-law came to visit for the holidays,
she complained daily that her room -- our spare
guest room -- was too cold. This is despite me
going in there twice a day with a room
thermometer that showed the temperature was the
same as the rest of the house. She didnt
complain about any other area of the house being
cold. This year shes visiting again. How
can I convince her the room is warm enough
without running up a huge heating bill just to
bring the guest room temp up 10 degrees? --
Frustrated Son-in-Law in Little Rock
A: That could be a
tough order. Does she say the room gets cold at a
specific time, like during the night? Or does she
say it is cold all of the time? Because
shes sleeping there, and reduced activity
can lower our body temperature, she may feel
colder after going to bed. Also, if the house has
a thermostat that automatically lowers the
temperature at designated times, she may be
noticing that change. Or the room could have a
draft that other parts of the house dont
The best way to
get an idea of whether the room is actually
colder or not is to spend a night or two in it.
If you feel the chill as well, youll be
better able to track down the source. A partially
closed register, poor weather stripping on the
windows, a cross-draft from some other part of
the house -- these can be quickly remedied.
If the room
doesnt feel cold at all and there are no
odd drafts or anything, your mother-in-law may be
feeling cold because her body temperature drops
at night, or maybe shes feeling homesick
and uncomfortable in the guest room. In this
case, find out how her own bedroom is equipped --
with an electric blanket perhaps, or a
humidifier, a television or some other comfort --
and provide at least some of those same items in
the guest room so that she feels more at home.
HOME TIP: Mind
your outlets! To prevent blown circuits or even a
fire, never connect more than three strings of
Christmas lights to a single outlet.
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