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Monday, December 24, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Public Library will be closed Chirstmas
Eve and Christmas Day, Monday and Tuesday,
December 24th and 25th, 2007. CPL will close at
5:00 on New Years Eve, Monday, December
31st and remain closed for New Years Day.
Did Ya Know?...
Effective Monday, December 24th, Allied Waste
Services will resume residential alley pickups
for removal of garbage.
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Crisis Center will hold a Christmas Day
family Dinner on Tuesday, December 25 from 1 to 3
p.m. in the First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall. Those who would like to
volunteer to help are asked to call Marilyn
Bisbee at 417-358-3533.
Did Ya Know?... The City
of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and
Composting Lot will be closed Tuesday, December
25th and Wednesday, December 26th in observance
Doctor, Im suffering from
a pain in my right leg.
Theres no cure, alas.Its because of
You must be mistaken, Doctor. The left leg is as
old as the right leg and it doesnt hurt at
Youve got a very good
nose as noses run.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Letters to Santa.
Dear Santa Claus: - Will
you please bring a rubber ball a train of cars and rocky
horse, new shoes and little overcoat, and two white
bears, sea gull and rooster from the north pole, and lots
of candy and nuts and a wagon to pull them all in. Now
Santy dont forget me for I be a good little boy and
not set fire to my pants any more and mind mamma. I am
five years old, live on the corner of Elm and Mound St.
No 200. - Roy Perkins
Dear Santa: - I want the
following, if they will be convenient for you; a doll,
doll buggy, a set of dishes, a doll piano, a doll iron
bed, a pair of new shoes No. 11, a story book, a game of
a, b, c blocks. Yours truly, Fern Beard.
Mr. Santa Claus: - I want
a loop the loop, knife, wagon, candy, nuts, horn, pop
gun, whistle. Walter Cherry, Kendricktown.
Approves Cleanup Bid.
City Council on
Friday of last week met in a special session and
approved a contract for curbside storm-related
debris removal. Under the contract, J&R
Disaster Services, of Columbia, MO, will remove
fallen limbs from the City right-of-way beginning
January 2 and ending February 1, making three
passes through the town.
Tom Short informed the Council that bid specs had
been sent to 30 vendors for the curbside removal
of limbs fallen during the ice storm. The City
received bids from 8 firms, the lowest of which
was from J&R Disaster Services. Public Works
Director Chad Wampler noted that the reviewing
committee had received several positive
references for the company.
The bid cost per
cubic foot is $3.79, and the City has estimated
25,000 cubic feet of limbs. J&R will also
trim "hangers", or the limbs that are
broken and overhanging the street, but have not
fallen yet. The cost for that service is $25 per
tree trimmed. The total estimated cost for the
project is $120,000. City Administrator Short
noted that there was no way to tell the amount of
debris prior to collection, and that the 25,000
cubic feet was only an estimate.
approved a budget amendment allowing a
supplemental appropriation in the amount of
$150,000 for the cleanup. Short noted that the
cleanup had not been officially deemed a
reimbursable project by SEMA, but that decision
was expected soon. The appropriation will allow
the City to pay for the cleanup, after which the
City will submit for reimbursement. The budget
amendment was unanimously approved.
information will be forthcoming concerning the
cleanup schedule. It was noted that limbs must be
located in the City right-of-way, at the
curbline, to be eligible for pick-up.
The City Landfill
is still accepting fallen limbs free of charge
for those citizens capable of hauling the debris.
The landfill will continue to do so at least
until February. Public Works Director Wampler
said that the Public Works Committee would
consider an ending date at a later meeting.
With Christmas bein tomorrow, ya only have
today left to get out and pick up those last
minute gifts that couldnt be found over the
Or, as in the
case of some, today is the day to finally get
started on the quest for the perfect gift.
Last minute shoppers have a
real advantage over those who start their
shoppin in July. Time is on their side.
Not in the typical sense that
there is enough of it, but the lack of it makes
decisions easier. No time to look around, no time
to wrap, no time to worry about the cost. Just do
Im guessin that if
time didnt run out, a lota gifts just
wouldnt be given. The deadline is upon us.
Have a Merry Christmas.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities Mall
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Oh Joy! What
Goes Up Must Come Down
While we celebrate
the Christmas holiday this week, most of us
DIYers are already thinking about the chore
of removing and storing outdoor and indoor
decorations. Here are some safe and effective
tips for taking down all those holiday
decorations you so painstakingly put up.
--Use a sturdy
ladder whether working indoors or outdoors, with
a helper to hold it steady.
caution when working around electricity.
burnt-out bulbs before taking down light strings,
and secure remaining replacement bulbs in their
small plastic bags near the end of each string.
--Putting a light
string back onto the same plastic card from which
it came from the store can be maddening. Instead,
wrap the string around a spare piece of
cardboard. To keep them from sliding off, cut
small notches along each side of the cardboard
and slip the wires into the notches as you wind
on the string.
and indoor lights in separate, weather-resistant
boxes, and mark each box clearly.
--To keep from
having to hunt down extension cords next year,
pack extension cords with their corresponding
light sets. Purchase any additional cords that
you will need now, during the after-Christmas
should also be packed in clearly marked,
weather-resistant boxes (see-through plastic
storage boxes are ideal). Place newspaper or
biodegradable packing peanuts between items to
prevent scratches and dings.
inflatable lawn decorations; coil tethering ropes
and tie off to prevent tangles, and collect and
tape together anchoring stakes so they can be
found easily next year.
--Designate a spot
in the garage, attic or basement to store all
holiday decorations together, and place them so
that the biggest items come out first (such as
the tree, lights and lawn decorations) and the
smaller trimming items come out last.
holiday decorations is never going to be an
absolute breeze, but storing them properly will
minimize headaches next year and beyond.
HOME TIP: Label
cardboard storage boxes using red or green
markers to designate those that contain Christmas
items. For plastic storage bins, apply leftover
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