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Friday, November 23, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 112

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The City of Carthage Recycling Center and Composting Lot will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Did Ya Know?... The 35th Annual Carthage Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Carthage Technical Center’s SkillsUSA, will be held 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?... Magic Moments Riding Therapy, an accredited provider of therapeutic horseback riding, is currently accepting applications from people with special needs, age 3 years and up, to participate in our program. For applications or information call 417 325-4490. The center is located just a few miles south of Carthage.

today's laugh

So, you had a nice Thanksgiving.


Well, I wanted to come over to your house for dinner, but I couldn’t make it. What did you have to be thankful for?

I was thankful that you couldn’t come over for dinner.

New York is the only town in the world where you can park your car, walk two blocks, and find your hubcaps for sale.

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

Today’s Jail Registry.

B.L. Baldwin and wife of Webb City were jailed today for disturbing the peace. Sim Brown out of jail is like a fish out of water, and he came back today for petit larceny at Joplin. Chas. Johns broke jail in Joplin and was brought up here for safe keeping. R.L. Curl, a Joplin miner, was booked for peace disturbing. J.I. Yandle, an Oronogo miner, joined the noisy majority yesterday for disturbing the peace. Guy Strong, of Sarcoxie, was jailed Saturday on a charge of petit larceny.

Harvey Paulding, who is now traveling for the National Drill and Manufacturing Co., of Chicago, with the state of Missouri as his territory, is here to visit a few days with his family and will leave tonight or tomorrow.

Tom Patton came down from Lamar this morning where he is looking after some Carthage horses.


Today's Feature

Ribbon Cutting.

A ribbon cutting was held on Tuesday marking the completion of the interchange at Fairview and Highway 71. Construction on the project began in March of 2007 and was opened to traffic on Monday, November 19. The $3 million project was made possible with help from Federal funds allocated with the assistance of Congressman Roy Blunt, as well as from State and City funding.

The event was attended by Blunt as well as four Carthage mayors all of whom have helped work toward the completion of the interchange.

Just Jake Talkin'

Today’s supposed ta be a big shoppin’ day. The one that kicks off the Christmas shopping countdown. I heard some stores are openin’ at 4 a.m. It seems that bein’ in traffic jams and waitin’ in line have become some of the traditions that folks really look forward to this time a year.

Most folks seem ta take it all in stride. After a couple a trips out they resign to the fact that they are goin’ ta be delayed, and that seems ta help get ‘em into the spirit of bein’ a little kinder to their fellow shoppers.

But, then again, there’s nothin’ like havin’ a good excuse to honk your horn and zip into a parkin’ space ahead of the next guy to let off a little of that pre-holiday stress.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Metcalf Auto Supply

Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

I’m writing to you from hot and sunny Phoenix. My wife and I currently own a 2004 Subaru Forester. We bought an all-wheel-drive vehicle because we hope to be living someplace where it snows within the next few years. We love the car, but the gas mileage isn’t spectacular because of the AWD. However, the owner’s manual talks about a way to make the car work in front-wheel drive only: by inserting a spare fuse into the fuse box when you need to drive on a spare tire, so that the AWD system doesn’t get ruined. Our question: If we pout in this extra fuse and deactivate the AWD and therefore get better gas mileage, are we running the risk of damaging the AWD system over time. - David

TOM: Well, having lived in the great frozen North for all of our miserable lives so far, we can’t imagine why you’d want to move to where it snows. Unless you make your living selling Bronko Nagurski Long Underwear.

RAY: You’ve actually identified a problem that many people aren’t aware of, David: All-wheel-drive vehicles are more expensive to own.

TOM: When you have all-wheel drive, you add an additional set of drive-train components. Those components add weight to the car, which decreases your mileage. They also can add to your repair costs, because there are more things to break.

RAY: So if you live in Florida or Southern California, you do your commuting on paved roads and you don’t work for Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, you probably want to skip the all-wheel drive. Now, as you’ve discovered, David, Subaru does provide a way to deactivate the rear drive shaft. But unfortunately, it really won’t help your mileage. Even though you can disconnect the rear drive-train components from the transmission, those parts are still turning (it’s just that the rear wheels are pushing them, rather than vice versa). And you’re still carrying all of those parts around with you.

TOM: So I’m afraid you’re out of luck, David. What CAN you do? Make sure your tires are properly inflated, be sure your engine is tuned and running well, and take that 1,000-pound snowmobile out of the back of the car until you actually make your move north.

Natural Nutrition
By Mari An Willis
Sponsored by Oak Street Health & Herbs

This is the beginning of the season we often celebrate by gathering with relatives and friends and eating lots of foods. Some healthy and most not! We combine a variety of foods and beverages within a short span of time and ask our stomachs to remain calm, unbloated and quiet. Not the case. Indigestion is the complaint of choice during the "overeat" season. Thank goodness nature has provided us with many herbs to see us through these days.

Sage makes a nice flavoring in the dressing, but also serves as a calmative to the stomach. It is know to help produce digestive juices. This herb should be used very sparingly by mothers who may be breast-feeding as it will dry up the milk flow. One may make a cup of sage tea by pouring boiling water over 1 tablespoon of fresh herb or 1/2 dry herb, steep and enjoy with a little honey. Sage leaves, when chewed, are said to ease the pain of a sore throat.

Fennel is another fine choice for it has the ability to calm the stomach, relieve gas, and is a mild diuretic if one is retaining fluid from overconsumption of salt. It is quite nice when it is sweetened with a bit of honey and some lemon juice. The seeds are boiled for a few minutes to bring out the full flavor of this aromatic plant. If boiled with barley (or even by itself) it aids lactation.

OLD SAYING: "Better to burp and bare the shame, than bury the burp and bare the pain."

This article is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. References available by request. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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