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Monday, February 26, 2007 Volume XV, Number
Did Ya Know?... A
Diabetic Support Group meeting will be held at 4
p.m. in the McCune-Brooks Hospital cafeteria.
Mary Ann Gremling is the Guest Speaker and her
topic is "Positive Partners". The
Diabetes Support Group is open to the public and
all interested persons are welcome. Call 359-2355
for more information.
Did Ya Know?... Avilla
R-13 School is having a Carnival/Chili Supper
Saturday, March 3rd beginning at 4:00 p.m. The
theme this year is "A Hawaiian Luau."
Tickets may be purchased through the school
office or the night of the carnival. Proceeds
from the PTO carnival will be used to make Avilla
School the best place possible for Avilla
Smith and Jones are on safari,
and one night after dinner Smith bets Jones a
dollar that he will be the first to shoot a lion.
"In fact," says Smith, "Ill
do it right now." Smith heads off into the
An hour later a lion pokes his head inside the
tent and says, "You know a guy named
Trembling, Jones says, "Well, yes."
"He owes you a dollar."
I started in show business when
I was fourteen and only the size of a kid of ten.
By twenty, though, Id shot up to the size
of a kid of eleven. - Morey Amsterdam
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Moving Back to
Chas. Wilson, who has been
living on one of his fathers farms northeast of
town the past year, will move back again to his home at
the corner of Chestnut and Thirteenth street. Mr. Wilson
was formerly book-keeper for Cowgill & Hill.
The Cosmos Club
The Cosmos club met with
Mrs. George Davison on South Main street last evening
nearly all of the members being present.
A large portion of the
time was devoted to arranging for the lecture of Mrs. May
Wright Sewall to be held under the auspices of this club.
After much discussion it
was decided that the lecture should be free, the society
undertaking to raise the necessary funds by other means
than by charging admission fees.
The Carthage City
Council Public Safety Committee will meet this
evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Police Department
building. The meeting would normally have been
held on the previous Monday but was rescheduled
due to Presidents Day.
Items on the
agenda include two requests for Council bills;
one authorizing the first amendment to the
Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
agreement and the other authorizing the Missouri
Highways and Transportation Commission Capital
Assistance Grant Agreement.
Both of these
items concern the City taxi service. The
amendment request is due to a statewide taxi
grant fund increase. With this increase the City
is eligible for approximately $1,200 additional
Assistance Grant Agreement concerns the purchase
of a new taxi vehicle for the City scheduled for
this year. If approved the State would pay for 80
percent of the vehicle cost with the City paying
Other items on the
agenda include a citizen request for a change in
parking in the 700 block of Howard Street.
No Stench Detected on
As a kid I always wished
we lived in a two story house. Not because of any
status or even the extra amount of room, but
because I never had a decent place to work my
Slinky. The metal spring lookin contraption
would walk down our three steps on the front
porch, but it wasnt very impressive.
I longed for a real staircase
where the slinky would slither forever on
its downward trek. We even built an
extension of levels for the life like wound metal
Like most of the toys that got
attention from youngsters, our slinkys would
eventually get a kink. Just one kink would ruin
the effectiveness and forever limit the execution
As Ive grown older,
Im startin to have a kink or two
myself. And Im far less attracted to long
stretches of stairs.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Bills Frustrate Homeowner
Q: I need help! We
have a 1,750 square-foot house and very high
electric bills, despite installing a solar water
heater and a solar system to heat the pool. We
have replaced almost everything to help with the
consumption. All lights are fluorescent, and we
put Icynene spray insulation in the attic. The
air conditioning unit was replaced but is only a
10 SEER, and I know this does use some
Maybe you can
recommend an electrician to check to see if there
is anything that is taking loads that arent
supposed to be there? Our neighbor has a 2,600
square-foot house, and his electric usage is 300
kWh less than ours. We both have four people in
the house and both have pools. -- Paying Through
the Nose in Virginia
A: While I
cant recommend a specific electrician, I do
recommend that you contact a professional
certified by a recognized organization such as
Independent Electrical Contractors (www.ieci.org)
and licensed to operate in your state. The
electrician can do an energy-use survey and check
all systems in your home to make sure they are
wired up correctly.
Locating the cause
of high kilowatt usage can sometimes be very
difficult, but you may be on the right track in
looking at high-usage systems such as the air
conditioner. I experienced a similar
kilowatt-usage issue last year that turned out to
be a problem with the heating unit. Contact the
company that installed your air conditioner (or
an independent A/C contractor if necessary) to
make sure this unit is working properly and was
Review your power
bill for the past year or longer, paying specific
attention to the kilowatt-hours used each month.
While these numbers tend to jump during very cold
or very hot months, look for very big jumps in
usage or unusual upward trends. Contact the
electric utility about any unusual usage. It can
recommend additional steps to take, typically
offer a free energy-audit kit, and can assist
with paying prohibitively high bills.
HOME TIP: Annual
maintenance of home heating and air-conditioning
units can save on energy costs and prolong the
life of these important systems.
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