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Monday, December 3, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... The 35th
Annual Carthage Christmas Parade, sponsored by
the Carthage Technical Centers SkillsUSA,
will be held tonight, Monday, December 3rd at
7:00 p.m. The parade will begin on the corner of
Chestnut and Main and proceed north on Main,
circle the Carthage Square. Grand marshal for the
parade is Neel Baucom.
Did Ya Know?... Red Oak
II will hold a benefit for the Carthage Crisis
Center on Saturday, December 8 from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. Christmas caroling, Bonfire, Hayride, cider
and cookies. Participants are requested to dress
warmly, and to bring canned goods and/or
donations for the Crisis Center. North of old Rt.
66, E. of Carthage on Kafir Rd. between CR 120
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Historic Preservation will present a
Holiday historic Tour, "Upstairs
Downtown" on Saturday, December 8, from
10:00am -3:00pm. Tickets are $10 each advance
purchase, $12 each the day of the tour. For more
information, call Judy Hill at 417-358-9688,
Karen Herzog 237-0723 or Judy Goff 358-8875.
Another who may be said to have
his ups and downs is the unfortunate chap who
happens to get an aisle seat at a movie.
Whered ya get that
I found it.
Right at the edge of a big ditch.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Doesnt Want to Be
This choice child story
emanates from the Carthage schools.
A school teacher strove to
impress on her little pupils the importance of the word
heroism, and asked for the names of heroes. The names of
Washington, Lincoln, and McKinley were readily
forthcoming, and some one mentioned little Carl Johnson
who lost his life trying to save Della Dreamer from
drowning in Spring river. Then one little boy heretofore
silent chirped: "Miss X, Im a hero. I
saved a boy from gettin licked in a fight once. I
just kept pushin him on home and got him out of the
fight, but they hit me on the head with a rock,
andand," he concluded, spoiling it all,
"and I dont want to be a hero any more,
A pretty water spaniel was
humiliated this afternoon by chasing across the east side
of the square with a tin can dangling to its tail.
Workshop for the City of Carthage Comprehensive
Plan will be held on December 6, 2007 at 7:00
p.m. in the Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S.
Garrison Avenue. The City has invited all
interested citizens to attend this third session
which will help determine the direction of future
A news release
from the City reads as follows:
other interested citizens in an exercise to
visualize the future development of the City
through an interactive mapping workshop. There
are many ways for the City to grow, and assessing
citizen input and preferences is an important
part of this planning process that the City
encourages. Participants will aid significantly
in this process. Participants will be divided
into small groups to discuss growth issues and
lay out ideas. If you are interested in the
future development of the City, you should attend
this meeting. Your input is important. All the
public is encouraged to attend. For additional
information, contact Tom Short at 237-7003 or
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org"
If ya need to get into the Christmas spirit, a
good start is showin up at the annual
Christmas Parade this evenin. Looks like a
good one. Nothin like gettin bundled
up and seein the enthusiasm of folks on a
give ya a chance to do a little window
shoppin on the Square. Ya might be
surprised at the variety of goods that are
available right here in Carthage.
Shoppin the internet may
be easy, but its hard ta beat havin
an honestly interested shop keeper helpin
ya find that special gift. Sides there are
more than a few items that feature the charm of
your home town.
The Square is pretty well
filled up with shops this year. Might surprise ya
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities Mall
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Homes Heating System
Q: Last year, you
published a list of steps to ready a home heating
system for the winter. Can you print that list
again? -- Norma S., Birmingham, Ala.
A: Sure. A little
maintenance of your home heating system goes a
long way in terms of efficiency and the lifespan
of the unit, so taking these few steps at the
beginning of the heating season will save you
money in the long run.
generally run on oil or natural gas, though some
are all-electric. They work by heating air in a
furnace chamber and then distributing it
throughout the house via a blower or fan and an
air-duct system. Maintaining this kind of system
is as simple as keeping certain parts dust and
debris-free. At the start of the season, do the
blower/fan by turning the unit off completely,
opening the fan compartment (through an access
door, or by removing the nearest furnace panel)
and cleaning the fan blades with a bottle brush.
Vacuum the compartment if possible.
fan belt on the blower motor, if the unit has
one. Replace a worn belt. If the belt gives more
than 1/3 inch when pressed, tighten or loosen the
bolt to increase tension.
the blower motor, unless the unit is
self-lubricating. Non-self-lubricating motors
have oil ports at one or both ends; squirt four
to six drops of SAE 10W30 oil into the ports.
visible air ducts, checking for visible damage
and loose connections. Patch or replace damaged
grill covers from air registers and vacuum the
interior to remove household dust.
importantly, change the air filter. This should
be done every month during the season to minimize
dust and allergens entering your homes
In addition to
this seasonal maintenance, a system check by a
professional service should be done about every
two years, or annually if you cannot access the
HOME TIP: Insulate
exposed ductwork, such as that in crawlspaces, to
improve heating efficiency and save money.
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