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Thursday, November 8, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... Carthage
City Council will meet Tuesday, November 13th at
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. A
public hearing will be held during the meeting
seeking public input on an ordinance that would
legalize the discharge of fireworks within the
City limits on New Years Eve and the week
of July 4th.
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.
Did Ya Know?... VFW Post
2590 Mens Auxiliary will hold a Turkey
Shoot every Saturday & Sunday through
November 18th. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. West of Carthage
at the intersection of 96 & 171 Highways.
Splatter board. Public Invited, Male &
Hes so dumb he thinks a
football coach has four wheels.
Ha! Isnt that silly. Say, how many wheels
does it have?
The two great American classes
include those who think they are as good as
anybody, and those who think they are better.
He went insane trying to find a
place to put the cornerstone for a round house.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A Big Storm.
The heaviest rain and
wildest and grandest electrical storm that this section
has experienced for many years visited Carthage last
The atmosphere during the
storm was charged with electricity. The lightning struck
and set fire to the Harker house on North Main Street,
and struck and tore up the roof of a house at Macon and
Kellar streets, occupied by a family named Hurt. Several
trees in South Carthage were struck and splintered. Half
the telephones about the town were burned out and Supt.
Rush was head over heels in work this morning making
repairs. The electrical railways traffic was tied
up for several hours; during the fiercest of the storm
the power houses being shut down.
Englishmen used to laugh
at Americans, even cultured Americans such as Emerson and
Lowell, for saying "I guess not" instead of
The City Council
Public Works committee met Tuesday afternoon in a
regular session. The committee met for the first
time at the Public Works/Street Department
building, where modifications have made room for
a conference room. The building and computer
network contained therein allow easy access to
blueprints and information that will be discussed
during the committee meetings.
Items on the
agenda included a discussion about possible site
changes at the Carthage Recycling Center. The
center had received a grant through Region M for
improvements which included the erection of a
pole barn. The pole barn would cover the
recycling containers to make them more
weather-proof. Public Works Director Chad Wampler
showed the committee members two possible
configurations for pole barns that the Department
has been reviewing, one being approximately
30 by 60 and the other being 30
by 30. In one configuration the receptacles
would be house under one roof, and in the other
there would be two different structures. Wampler
said that the Department had not obtained prices
for the project yet, and that the prices would
determine whether the project would need to be
done in phases or whether it could be completed
all at one time. Committee members asked several
questions including which configuration was
preferred. Wampler said that the Department was
inclined to select the single structure
configuration, which is "L" shaped.
Tom Flanigan also asked about whether or not the
improvements would enable the Center to begin
collecting Electronic Waste, a service which is
currently outsourced. Wampler responded that it
is a possibility, and that grant money may be
available to begin that process.
Wampler also noted
that the new chipper is in use at the Center and
that free mulch is available for citizens who are
interested. Those citizens must be able to haul
the mulch themselves, but can collect it for free
at the center. Compost is also available to
citizens for free at the Center.
The committee also
discussed trash pickup in alleyways. Citizen
complaints about damage to driveways in the
alleys prompted an investigation into the trash
pickup situation. Through communications between
the Public Works Department and Allied Waste, the
City solid waste collector, it was discovered
that some of the alleys where trash is collected
are very narrow and do not allow enough room for
the pickup trucks. In one instance, the truck had
to swerve into a driveway to avoid a tree which
was hanging low.
Wampler told the
committee that in the future there may need to be
tighter enforcement on restrictions to the tree
growth in alleys, and added that Allied Waste
will soon be switching to front-load dumpsters
which require even more clearance than the
current dumpsters. The committee asked several
questions and agreed to continue discussions and
see if any more input is received from the public
or from Allied Waste.
Information for City Council Representatives.
Due to a recent
surge in requests, the Mornin Mail is
posting the contact information for the members
of Carthage City Council.
Larry Ross - 358-5116
Claude Newport - 358-1307
Bill Fortune - 358-3036
Mike Harris - 358-5940
Diane Sharits - 793-2305
Cyndi Curry - 358-2860
Bill Welch - 358-6181
Bill Johnson - 358-2552
Dan Rife - 358-5692
Tom Flanigan - 358-2729
Its all over but the shoutin.
Thats one a those phrases that
everone was aware of when I was
general Id have ta say it means the
decidin is done. Nothin more to be
accomplished, just the rumble that follows a
lightin strike in the distance. But where
the different meanins might be is
dependin on whether you happened to be
sittin under the tree the lightin
hit, or if ya just happened to see the streak
from your back porch.
From a distance, ya might be
shoutin bout how beautiful nature is
in its wildest form. From under the tree,
the shoutin would be more likely heard as a
curse of such dastardly power and the wrath it
brings to man.
Course that brings us to
the consideration that any shoutin at all
doesnt change the result.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I am 12 years old and love your
column and radio show so much! We have a 2006
Honda Fit. I heard one time on your show that if
you use a lighter oil, you will get better
mileage. Is that true? Will using a lighter oil
increase our mileage? - DJ
RAY: Yes, and we recommend
switching to Newmans Own Light Italian.
TOM: In theory, if you use a
lighter oil, you will get better mileage, DJ.
Thats because oil has a certain viscosity,
or thickness. And the moving parts of the engine
have to push the oil out of the way as they move.
RAY: The lower the viscosity
(the thinner the oil), the easier it is for the
parts to do the pushing.
TOM: Imagine that you have two
saucepans. One is full of pancake syrup, and the
other one is full of water. You take a fork, you
put it in the saucepan, and you try to move the
fork from one side to the other.
RAY: Obviously, the fork is
going to be harder to move in the saucepan full
of syrup. Because it takes more energy to move
the fork through the syrup, if you were an
engine, youd use more gasoline doing it.
TOM: But the viscosity of the
oil is related to the protection it provides to
the moving parts of the engine. Thats the
oils primary job. Honda, which is
warranting this engine for five years or 60,000
miles, has decided that the thinnest oil
thats safe to use is 5W20.
RAY: If Honda felt it could use
a thinner oil, and be able to advertise higher
mileage, it surely would.
TOM: So we suggest that you use
only the grade of oil recommended by the
manufacturer, and no thinner.
RAY: Of course, if you want to
switch to a thinner syrup for your pancakes, DJ,
thats fine with us.
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