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Monday, January 7, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 141

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Curbside cleanup of fallen branches will continue through February 1. Limbs will be collected only from the City right-of-way, directly behind the curb line. No collections will be made from private property. Citizens wishing to have limbs removed are encouraged to move debris to the right-of-way. For more information call the Public Works Department at 237-7010.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Public Library’s Wednesday morning story time will resume on January 9th, and Young Adult Book Discussion Group will meet on January 8th at 4:00 p.m.

today's laugh

The doctor was examining a naval hospital orderly for advancement in rating. "What would you do if the captain fainted on the bridge?"
"Bring him to," warbled the aspiring orderly.
"Then what?" asked the doctor.
"Bring him two more," returned the man promptly.

A visitor to Mark Twain’s home commented upon the abundance of books, and the rather limited accommodations for them.
"Yes," agreed Twain, a bit wistfully, "yes, but it’s so difficult to get friends to loan you shelves."

Members of the younger generation are alike in many disrespects.

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

Installed and Electric Motor.

C.H. Ziler today installed an electric motor in his blacksmith shop on Howard avenue. He will use it as power to run his forge blasts, emery wheels, etc., and to do his heavy hammering.

A Dinner Party.

Miss Blanche Moore last evening entertained at a swell dinner party Misses Lila Olham, Brace McCarthy, Ethel Hobbs, Marian Wright and Pauline Kirk; Messrs. Carl Bryan, Wesley Halliburton, Henry Cowgill, Mack Knight, Harvey Miller and Willard Butts of Joplin.

Mrs. W.H. Blankenship has been spending the week with Mrs.. J.B. Lee at Joplin and Mr. Blankenship got home last night from a tour of the East. Their two sons, Brice and Sidney, are spending the winter with their Grandfather Bartleson at Pleasanton, Kans.


Today's Feature

Committee Discussed Cleanup.

The City Council Public Works Committee met late last week and discussed the ongoing storm debris cleanup efforts.

Public Works Director Chad Wampler outlined the course of action for J & R Disaster Services, with whom the City has a contract for storm debris removal.

Wampler said that the City had been divided into quadrants, the center of which is the corner of Macon and Garrison. Wampler said that the crews have begun cleanup in the Northwest area, and will move from there to the Northeast, then to the Southeast and finally to the Southwest. The crews began removal from school properties Wednesday, and Wampler said that several down power lines had been found during the cleanup process that might not have been found so soon otherwise. The totals from Wednesday were 1,219 cubic yards of debris hauled to the City landfill.

Wampler also said that the crews had been struggling against the cold weather and some minor equipment malfunctions, but that good progress was being made. The City landfill and recycling center is being kept open 7 days a week. J & R Disaster Services is scheduled to make three separate passes through the City.

Street Commissioner Tom Shelley said that since December 9th the Street Department had worked almost solely on debris cleanup. Shelley said that the department was focusing primarily on alleyways, as the contracted cleanup is being done from City right-of-ways.

City Administrator Tom Short said that a meeting will be held on January 10 with FEMA to discuss reimbursements for the storm cleanup. Citizens with questions about the debris removal are encouraged to call the Public Works Department for more information at 237-7010.

Just Jake Talkin'
I had visions of an underground "clubhouse" durin’ my preteen years. We had a large field behind our house that was planted to crops most seasons and the earth was always plowed It looked like a perfect spot to dig a large underground room.

I gathered up the pick and a shovel or two and commenced to dig. After a few hours of gettin’ through the soft top soil, I discovered that the earth gets pretty solid. I had, however, etched out enough ground to make a pretty nice fox hold of sorts. ‘Bout big enough to hold two small boys duckin’ the oncomin’ rounds of imagined enemy fire.

‘Course at that age, a fox hole worked pretty well, too. In fact it didn’t matter much that it was only a couple a feet deep. The imagination wasn’t limited by the confines of space.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Quick Action Prevents Frozen Pipe Damage

DEAR HAMMER: Last year during a spell of unusual cold, I turned on the kitchen sink tap and noticed the water flow was very weak. Right away I knew that a pipe was freezing. My husband went to the cellar and felt along the cold-water supply line until he found a couple of very cold sections of pipe. Because water was still flowing through the tap we didn’t shut off the flow of water. We wrapped old towels around the freezing spots and poured hot water from a tea kettle over each towel. Very quickly -- within 20 minutes -- the water began flowing normally from the tap.

This year we wrapped insulation around the supply lines, both hot and cold -- to conserve heat in the hot line, and to prevent the cold line from freezing. Just wanted to let you know that the "hot-water-and-towels" method is no-cost and really works. -- Blair W., White Plains, N.Y.

DEAR BLAIR: Thanks for the story! Insulating pipes and monitoring the flow of water during cold spells are effective ways to prevent frozen and burst pipes. It’s a good idea, when temperatures in your area drop well below normal, to let the taps drip steadily until the weather improves -- water moving through the pipes will help prevent freezing as well.

This winter is already shaping up to be exceptionally cold and snowy in the East and Midwest. In addition to preventing pipe freezes, homeowners should make sure that heavy snow doesn’t cause problems, either. High snowdrifts can cover vents you don’t normally pay attention to, such as dryer and heating vents, potentially causing gases to back up into the house. Ice can form inside unshielded vent stacks, so that sewer gases don’t vent properly. Clear snow and ice away from ventilation exit points as soon as a storm ends.

HOME TIP: A diminishing flow of water from the tap during a cold spell can signal that a pipe is beginning to freeze.

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