Nobody Asked Us, But ... Things starting to heat up as fall nears

Well, John Ascuaga came through and Carolyn got the VIP treatment at the Rib Cook-Off. She is forever grateful, because she had a great time, ate far too much, and didn't dribble on herself like she usually does. Thanks to God and John. Our home town Carson City BBQ Company (Phillip Hyatt and Duane Felker) was a winner in the "best sauce" category. We've tasted it, and agree thoroughly. Congratulations.

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Our sympathy goes out to the family of Almeda Allen who passed away recently. She was a lovely lady.

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With school starting, something this town needs to ante up on again is Food for Thought, the project that gives food to students who might not have food during the weekends. Kids who are NOT hungry, do from 25-40 percent better in class than those who go hungry. If you can help with nutritious foods that do not have to be cooked, please contact them at www.nvfoodforthought.org or call 883-1011 and find out what they need. Monetary donations are always appreciated and can be sent to P.O. Box 656, Carson City, NV 89702, or taken to the office at 3579 Highway 50 East, #221, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. You are angels on earth for helping them. Many thanks.

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From Mollie Sanders and the Internet ... "Outside England's Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot that holds 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years the parking fees (1 English pound for cars, 5 for buses) were collected by a very pleasant attendant. Then one day, after never missing a day of work, the attendant didn't show up. The zoo called the city council for another attendant. The council told the zoo it was their problem, but the zoo said he was a city employee and they needed to send someone down. The council found out that the man had never been on the payroll, leaving them to believe that somewhere on the coast of Spain or the French Riviera is a man who apparently installed the ticket machine on his own and collected parking fees during 25 years amounting to well over $5 million. Now that's a well planned retirement!"

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Lots of things going on in Carson City: Happy Birthdays to Kim Johnston and Nancy Carnahan; and a big thank you to Greg Petersen of Petersen's Plumbing for reaming out Maizie's sewer line ... aargh. The Literacy for Life Golf Tournament will be held at Thunder Canyon on Oct. 16, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The good news is, if you sign up before Sept. 15, you get 15 percent off. So call 882-2111 and register early. Lots of fun. Adele's will have their end of season concert with Tommy Castro on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. First come, first served. It's always a fun evening, so make sure you're there on time. And St. Teresa's annual Basque Festival will take place at Fuji Park on Sunday, Sept. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $25 in advance for adults ($30 at the gate), kids younger than 16 are free. Call 882-1968 for tickets and information.

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Kudos to the family of Chief Warrant Officer Joshua Rodgers who march every Friday evening down Carson Street wearing their red shirts and flying their flags proudly in his memory. They are great people. So give them a wave and a honk when you see them. We will not forget.

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Did you hear about the 4-year-old girl who was taken from nursery school to the ER for being quite ill? The doctors and the hospital were flummoxed and tried every test imaginable, but no dice ... that is until her classmates told her teacher that she had been licking the liquid hand sanitizer off her hands. Seems the wee one was terribly intoxicated. She recovered, and the school has taken the sanitizers out of the lower classes. So while they serve a great purpose, please supervise kids when they use them. (www.truthorfiction.com)

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Bruce Smith noticed the banner downtown that said "Kid's Auction." He says he thought that was illegal, and where did they get the kids? Pretty good, Bruce. Have a great last week of summer.

• Carolyn Tate and Maizie Harris Jesse are longtime Carson City residents. They can be reached at editor@nevadaappeal.com.

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