Avoid the crowds ... vote early

Early voting has already begun at the Carson City Clerk's Office, at the Court House on the corner of E. Musser and Roop Streets. You have until Friday, Aug. 8, then you'll have to wait 'til election day on Aug. 12. The Appeal had a complete rundown of candidates in Saturday's paper. If you did not look at it, you should get a copy and do so, then you won't go to the polls guessing. Sample ballots were also sent out last week (check your precinct ... some have been changed), so you should have an idea of whom you'll be backing. Here are the voting hours in Carson City: Monday through Friday until Aug. 8: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 2: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have questions, call the Voter Registration Office at 887-2087 or visit the city's election Web site at www.carson-city.nv.us/clerk/elections

GET OUT AND VOTE!

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Good news: Rhonda Hopkins-Allison tells us to watch Channel 47, the Food Network, Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. and see Carson City's own Gerard Nebesky (nephew of La-Tea-Da Tea Shop's Rosemary Nebesky) create a great paella on Bobby Flay's Throwdown. Yummm ... we can almost taste it. Gerard is also on www.gerardspaella.com.

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John McCain can't have it both ways. First, he complained that Barack Obama hadn't been to Iraq. Now he's complaining that Obama HAS been to Iraq. Make up your mind, John. Flip-flops don't become you.

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Chicago Bob Pence told us about a man with a truckload of penguins. Seems they were riding around in the back of a pickup, when a policeman stopped the driver and asked what they were doing in the back. The man said they were his and that he had a permit to own them. You should take them to the zoo, the patrolman said. So the man told him he would. However, the next week, the policeman sees them again in the truck and notices that the penguins all have sunglasses on. He again stops the truck and said, I thought I told you to take them to the zoo. Oh, I did, said the driver, and they had such a good time, I'm taking them to the beach today.

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Kim Johnston, Carolyn's daughter, and Aaron Brown, were married last week in a lovely ceremony in the backyard of her aunt and uncle, Sarah and Kurt Garrett. Judge John Tatro presided, and a good time was had by all, especially by her grandmother, Ma Tate. It was good she could be there. All best wishes to both of them. And congratulations to Miss Carson City, Juliana Erdesz, our new Miss Nevada.

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Have you noticed how good the new part of the Presbyterian Church is looking? Quite spiffy from the Division Street side. Congratulations. And lots of retirements these days: Jim Orsbern is retiring and is off to Mesquite (voluntarily?); Sylvia Dominguez-Curry, Jim Souba and Sue Cote are also off to delve into other ventures ... may you all have a great time (and M thanks Sue and Paul for a great lunch at Brugo's); and thanks to Chris Wyatt at Mallard's for being so nice. Happy birthday to Janet Swobe and Rex Bagget ... both only 49 this year ... but who's counting?

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Bruce Hoffman writes in the current National Geographic that Author Mary Roach makes the comment: 'Humans share ... maybe 40 percent [of their gene sequence] with lettuce.' I don't know about you, but that explains so much to me.

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Carolyn was noticing a memorial on East Lake Boulevard that was set up to honor a downed motorcyclist, but is disturbed that it has not been kept up. Please, if you know of this memorial, or others, tell the relatives and friends to keep them up or take them down ... not just let them deteriorate. Thanks.

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Well, if your personal files were hacked into at St. Mary's, we hope you have contacted Equifax and put a block on your records. 128,000 people were affected. And if you want to stop direct mail, add your name to the delete file by going to www.dmachoice.org, or write to them at P. O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10312. That will help get rid of junk mail.

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Don Quilici was upset because of all the rude people he saw when he and his wife, Elaine, were out scouting fishing holes. Maybe he'll do better when he goes to visit our cousins in Lucca, Italy ... there they'll only pinch his tush. (draw angelic grin in here ___).

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Vern Manke found this one ... Apple announced today that they've developed a breast implant that can store and play music. It will cost $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This has been hailed as a major social breakthrough, as woman are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

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More happening things: St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville will be hosting its Annual Awesome Rummage Sale on Aug. 1, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Call 782-2852 for details. They'll also have coffee and doughnuts and hot dogs and drinks to carry you through. And the BAC (883-1976) will have one more weekend of Smokey Joe's Cafe and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). Don't miss them.

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There are few charities around that give 100 percent of everything donated to the people it's trying to help ... may we suggest one? It's called Smile Train, and it helps children around the world who have been born with cleft palates. It costs $250 for each child born with this deformity (you can send any amount) to change them into healthy babies who can now eat and speak normally. Their address is: P. O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231. Google them if you need more information ... but it really is a wonderful cause.

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Our sympathies to Vern Manke and his family on the death of his brother. We were so sorry to hear of that.

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Bob Herzog sent us these from the Internet: When I'm feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor's dog run to the end of his chain and gag himself. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame. The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends. And, If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.

Enjoy your week.


- Carol and Maizie can be reached via e-mail at editor@nevadaappeal.com

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