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Monday, May 21, 2007 Volume XV, Number 237
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?... The
Jasper County Personal Property Assessors
Office will be closed at Noon on Wednesday, May
23rd for training and will re-open on Thursday,
May 24th at 8:30 a.m.
Did Ya Know?...
Appliances (compressor removed) may be dropped
off at the Carthage Recycling and Compost Center
through May 26. Up to four tires (without rims)
per household will also be allowed at the Center
during that time. Call 237-7010 for more info.
An American tourist in France,
realizing he had a two hour wait for his train,
went exploring. Finding himself lost, he
addressed a passerby in the best French he could
remember from college, mispronouncing it greatly.
He voiced his request as follows:
quitté ma train et maintenant je ne sais pas où
le trouver encore. Est-ce que vous pouvez me
montrer le foute à la train?"
"Lets look for it
together," said the stranger. "I
dont speak French either."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
The Box Was Found.
About six weeks ago James
Hill bought a lot of empty boxes at Ramsays to be
used for packing goods at the woolen mill. When the
drayman came to take the boxes to the mill, one that was
not empty got loaded by mistake in the wagon with the
empty ones, and was stored away at the woolen mill with
The box contained yarn,
lamp shades and other light goods and it was not noticed
that it contained anything. When the goods were wanted at
Ramsays it was supposed that they had been delayed
in some freight office and railroad people, and all
persons thought to have anything to do with it were taken
to task and "tracers" were sent over the county
in search of the missing box.
Saturday the box was
opened at the woolen mill and the mistake discovered. The
information when conveyed to Ramsays quickly
explained the great mystery.
6th Annual Kids
Department of Conservation is inviting all area
kids and their families to take part in the sixth
annual KIDS FISHING DAY from 8:00 a.m. until noon
on Saturday, June 9th at Kellogg Lake in
A variety of
activities and events are planned including
education stations featuring live animals, fly
casting demonstrations and prize giveaways. This
event coincides with Missouris Free Fishing
Days (June 9th & 10th), where anglers of all
ages (resident & non-resident) do not need a
Missouri fishing permit to fish most Missouri
The first 600
anglers age 15 and under will receive a KIDS
FISHING KIT Containing all sorts of goodies.
Plus, every young angler that registers at the
event and attends two education stations will be
eligible for the prize giveaways donated by local
organizations and area businesses.
Free food :
hotdogs, chips, soda and treats will be served
until they are gone.
The City of
Carthage, Kellogg Lake Group, MAKO FlyFishers,
and several local groups and businesses will
assist with the event. There is NO pre-
registration for this event but everyone needs to
bring their own fishing pole and tackle. Worms
will be provided.
needed, if you are interested in volunteering or
for more information, please contact The Missouri
Department of Conservation at 417-629-3423.
Like most, I learned with only a couple of
lessons the necessity of lookin at the date
on a milk carton. There can not be anything more
disgusting than settin your taste buds for
a good cold gulp of milk and findin
yourself with a mouth full of curds.
I still find it strange that they feel
the need to remind consumers that "for best
taste" they should not plan on drinkin
water purchased more than six weeks in advance.
Everyone knows some of these dates are just
gimmicks, but some people still seem to put stock
in the fluff.
If they want ta do a real
service for consumers, start puttin dates
on articles of clothin, ties and footwear.
Im never sure if a shirt is the latest or
the last. Whether its fat ties or string
ties. Give us some information we can work with
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities Mall
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Light Bulbs Are Safe
Q: Ive heard
on the news that the energy-saving twisty lights
can cause fire. I have a lot of them -- my place
can be dark, and I leave them on a lot, and I
like them. Should I get rid of all of them, or is
it not that serious? They havent been taken
off the market yet. -- Grace from Canada
A: A check of the
U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission Web site
(www.cpsc.gov) showed that while two brands of
energy-saving, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
were recalled in 2004, no recalls have been
issued recently, and there have been no warnings
of such bulbs posing a fire hazard.
An article in
"The Green Guide" (www.greenguide.com)
discusses the burn marks and melted plastic that
some bulb owners have noticed when a CFL burns
out. The burns and melting indicate that the
burnout took place properly. The way it works is
a bit complicated, involving several components
of the bulb -- including the ballast (the plastic
base) and a built-in resistor that operates like
a fuse in a homes circuit box. The resister
burns out when the ballast overheats, cutting the
electrical circuit and thereby preventing a fire.
should always use common sense around any light
source. Use proper lampshades, and keep flammable
materials away from the bulbs. When changing a
burned-out bulb, turn off the power switch. Also,
when installing CFLs, handle them carefully so
that the seal between the ballast and glass tubes
doesnt crack -- an issue that can shorten
the life of the bulb and cause minor smoking on
like most things in life, you get what you pay
for. Cheaper bulbs are likely to burn out much
sooner than more expensive types, meaning you
wont save the money the package claims you
will save. Make certain when purchasing a CFL
that the product is Underwriters Laboratory
(UL) certified -- the UL marking should be on the
Fluorescent light bulbs contain small amounts of
mercury, so dont throw used bulbs into the
trash. Check with your local municipality for
household waste disposal guidelines or to find
fluorescent light recycling programs nearby.
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