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Monday, June 11, 2007 Volume XV, Number 251
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?... Kelcey
Schlichting, a local blind 5th grader is a
finalist in the 7th annual National Braille
Challenge to be held in Los Angeles, June 22
& 23. An account has been established at SMB
bank to help raise funds for her transportation
and food on the trip. Donations can be made at
any SMB location.
Did Ya Know?...
Crossroads Chapter No. 41 will meet Tuesday
night, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. int he Legion Rooms
of the Memorial Hall. The sons of Veterans can
now join the auxiliary of the Disabled American
You know what a purpose is?
Sure - a purpose is an Indians baby.
No - thats a papoose.
A papoose? Why, thats the last car on a
No - thats a caboose.
A caboose? Thats what you eat with corned
beef. You know, corned beef and caboose.
Hows that play
youre writing coming along?
It still needs a little filling in.
Well, I have the title completed and all the acts
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Time Card A
The editor yesterday was
in receipt of the following letter from Hon. W.B.
Doddridge, general manager of the Missouri Pacific
Railway Co., and as it concerns a matter of interest to
the general public, it is here given space;
Dear Sir. - Referring to
your communication in regard to our train service to
Joplin breaking connection with the Missouri Pacific fast
mail train at Pleasant Hill: The time card recently
inaugurated was an oversight. It was manifestly a mistake
and as soon as brought to our attention instructions were
issued to correct the same, which will be done as soon as
a time card can be prepared and printed.
We expect to give you
better service so far as the mail is concerned, than
heretofore. The train connecting with the fast mail will
leave Kansas City about 8 a.m., arriving at Joplin about
2:30 p.m. - intermediate points at a correspondingly
Yours truly, W.B.
Zoning Board of Adjustment will meet this
afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of
City Hall. The board is to discuss a variance
request pertaining to the minimum lot size for a
proposed subdivision south of Vine Street between
Elm St. and Short St., as requested by Tammy
According to City
Code, the minimum lot size is 6,000 square feet.
Neils request is that the City allow a
variance to reduce the minimum lot size to
between 3,500 and 4,200 per lot.
The proposed 22
lot subdivision would be named Maplewood Meadows.
According to information provided by Neil the
subdivision would aim at providing affordable new
housing in a depressed area. Restrictions
proposed within the area would help prevent
deterioration to the neighborhood. The
restrictions would be enforceable by the City.
City Staff has
reviewed the request and is recommending that the
Zoning Board of Adjustment deny the variance,
citing that it would not be in the best interest
of Carthage citizens.
2590 75th Anniversary.
Post 2590 will celebrate its 75th anniversary
during its regular meeting to be held today, June
Missouri State Commander of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars, will be among the dignitaries
honoring the Carthage Post.
All members are
urged to attend the meeting, which will be
followed by a social hour.
The Carthage Post
received its charter on June 4th, 1932, with 22
members listed on the charter. Currently the Post
has 280 members, the Ladies Auxiliary has 110
members, and the newest branch, the Mens
Auxiliary, has 34 members.
The objective of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars is to support troops
in harms way, to take care of the widows and
orphans. Post 2590 supports a national home in
Eaton Rapids, Mich., Scholarship programs such as
Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen; V.A.
Hospitals and other Social help agencies.
Of all those sayins we all grew up with,
the one I always underestimated was "ya
dont judge a person by their friends, ya
judge a person by their enemies."
Now an enemy is a pretty strong
relationship in most eyes, but it could be more
of an incidental type of enemy. For instance, the
police are supposed to be the enemy of the bad
guys. You wouldnt want em bein
The word "enemy" has
gotten a bad rap over the years. Ya cant be
an enemy unless there is a correspondin
enemy. If one is bad, the other could just as
well be good.
The way I see it, havin
an enemy or two may not always be a bad thing.
The main problem bein, unlike friends, you
dont usually have much say when it comes ta
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Bill? Get an Energy Audit
Q: I read with
interest the article about the homeowner with
high electric usage. He is using 300
kilowatt-hours more than his neighbor. But what
about his total usage? A total energy audit of
his home may provide some answers.
The audit should
focus particularly on electrical loads --
appliances, motor load, etc. As an energy
auditor, state-certified in Maine, I always had a
sit-down session with the customer and logged the
number of occupants in the house, their age and
gender. You would be surprised how much more
energy-intensive girls are compared with boys.
If you are going
to model the energy use, it must be related to
the familys living habits and comfort
levels (air temperature) maintained in the
structure. Even in a well-insulated home,
cranking the thermostat to 75 degrees in winter
or 72 degrees in summer will be reflected in the
theres nothing wrong with comparing your
energy use with your neighbors, but it is
not the best approach. Neither is paying an
electrician to detect a possible electrical leak
(at least, not at this time). Do the energy audit
first; then, if you have a problem measuring the
audit figures against the amount actually
consumed, consider other avenues.
I commend the
customer for monitoring his energy use; however,
a qualified utility representative should be
willing to methodically address the issue. Such
occurrences were always a challenge for me as a
utility employee for 30 years. I hope the
customers local utility will respond with
the same enthusiasm as my company did in
resolving the questions of this concerned
customer. -- Roger P., Leesburg, Fla.
A: Thank you,
Roger! This is great advice. These days, many
utility companies offer do-it-yourself energy
audit kits for free. However, most can schedule a
representative to come and perform an audit. Even
if homeowners dont notice a big discrepancy
in their power bills from one year to the next, a
home energy audit can result in big savings.
HOME TIP: Heating
accounts for the biggest chunk of a typical
utility bill, according to the U.S. Department of
Energy. For more information, including how to
conduct a do-it-yourself home energy audit, visit
its Web site at www.eere.energy.gov/.
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