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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 16
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?... The 2nd
Annual Car & Bike Show originally scheduled
for June 30 was postponed due to inclement
weather. The show will now be held on Sunday,
July 15th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Carthage
First Nazareth Church, 2000 Grand Ave.
Did Ya Know?... A
"Freedom from Smoking" series will
begin July 12 at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital.
$60.00 registration fee covers all materials, or
bring a friend and pay $45. Registration
required, call 359-2432
Mary, why do you yell and
scream so? Play quietly like Tommy. See, he
doesnt make a sound.
Of course he doesnt. Thats our game.
Hes papa coming home late, and I am you.
How do you get to Doakesville
Well, I believe I would go back about a mile and
take the first right hand road. No, I believe I
would take the left hand road. Come to think of
it, stranger, if I were trying to get to
Doakesville I wouldnt start from here at
How far are we from land?
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Ten Years Ago.
Eles Fetty, aged 24 killed
himself by taking poison. His widow was a girl 13 years
old to whom he had been wedded but five weeks before. The
Fettys had moved here from Neosho two weeks before and
Eles had been unable to find employment. Despondency for
that reason caused him to suicide.
Dr. Cos was persuaded to
endorse a worthless check for $115 by two bunco men. The
doctor discovered his mistake and trailed the imposters
to Galena, Kan., where he nabbed them and made them
return his money.
Seven young artillerymen
were killed and two others fatally injured by the
bursting of a cannon which they were firing as a salute
at the G.A.R. encampment.
Franklin Greenwood, who
had been for several years employed at the B.F. Thomas
lumber yard bought the Hamilton & Burch yard on
The Carthage City
Council will meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. in
the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Items on the
agenda include the second reading of an ordinance
amending the 2006-2007 fiscal year operating and
capital budget. City Administrator Tom Short
noted during the first reading of this ordinance
at the previous Council meeting that the lodging
tax funds had been received and were higher than
anticipated. This amendment would allow for the
acceptance of the funds.
The Council is
also scheduled to hear an ordinance for
annexation at 3133 South Grand Avenue as
requested by Patrick Worley and as recommended by
the Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation
Audition dates for
the Musical "The Fantasticks" will be
held Sunday, July 15 and Monday, July 16 at 7:00
p.m. at Stones Throw Theatre. Needed are 7
men (ages ranging from teenage to 60s or
70s) and 1 teenaged girl. Requirements are
a prepared song from the shows. Recorded samples
are available at http://www.thefantasticks.com
Cold readings from
the script will be conducted in small groups. A
choreographer will teach a simple routine to be
repeated by each individual as a dance audition.
The show is scheduled for September 6 through 9
and 13 through 16.
"The Fantasticks" are available for
checkout during regular office hours at the
theatre. The box office is open from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m.
Ive been to a
state fair or two.
My best recollection of a fair
attraction is the clown at the water tank.
"High and dry, Im
sittin high and dry," he would heckle
passersby. If he happened to get someones
eye he would really turn on. He would then
publicly ridicule the unfortunate dupe until
hed have ta plunk down a dollar or two just
to show his girlfriend how ta deal with loud
mouth clowns at the State Fair. Typically after
five or eight dollars worth, the guy would walk
away with the assurance the clown wouldnt
be wantin any more a that.
Climbin out of the tank,
the chatter would start all over. A little soggy,
but eight or ten dollars richer, the Clown looked
for his next victim. "High and dry, Im
sittin High and Dry."
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.
Treatment of Spinal Stenosis
DEAR DR. DONOHUE:
I am writing about spinal stenosis. Do many
people have it? I am 74. I understand it comes
from calcium deposits. Is this correct? Is the
process stoppable or reversible? Can glucosamine
can reabsorb the calcium. -- A.B.
ANSWER: Our backs
are a series of bones (vertebrae) stacked one on
the other like a tower of building blocks. A
tunnel -- the spinal canal -- runs through the
middle of those bones. In it is the spinal cord,
which connects with the brain in the back of the
head and continues to stretch to the lower back.
It ends about the middle of the lower back.
Throughout its course, it sprouts nerves. It
looks like a potato thats sprouting eyes,
but the spinal nerves come off in a regular
pattern and they continue to emerge from the
backbones almost to the end of the spine.
narrows the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) or
that narrows the exit passages for spinal nerves
presses on the cord or nerves and causes pain.
The pain often intensifies with walking. Bending
forward at the waist opens the canal and the
passages for spinal nerves, dampening pain.
Calcium spurs and
calcium deposits are one kind of spinal stenosis
cause. Thickened back ligaments are another
cause. So are bulging discs -- the shock
absorbers between adjacent backbones.
Not all spinal
stenosis gets worse. Many people with the
condition either improve or stay the same. I have
not heard of glucosamine as a treatment. I am
skeptical about that. Injections of numbing
agents together with a cortisone drug --
epidurals -- can lessen pain. If pain interferes
with life, surgically widening the spinal canal
and the nerve exits can solve the problem.
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