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MOBILE COMPUTER REPAIR AND SERVICE Quality work performed in-shop, in office or in-home. Dependable, affordable! Over 14+ Years Experience. Proudly serving Carson Valley and Surrounding Communities. Call Nick at Technologic Computer Repair (775)450-7570 COLLECTIONS! CANONS, OWLS, CAMPBELL soup, cameras, knives, books, Japanese dolls, old .22 ammunition, cactus, target air pistol, before 7pm (775)266-3435 JAMES A. FARNHAM, EA, TAX PREPARATION, Federal and State, prior years and other representation, 20 years experience, reasonable rates (775)3920321 TWO FAMILY GARAGE SALE JULY 7TH, 7AM3PM, Blizzak tires, grass trimmer, clothing, camping and household goods, 158 Castle Peak Rd, one mile south of Bridgeport BATH TUBS REPAIRED, RESURFACED, AND recolored, Acrylic, Fiberglass and Porcelain, Call The Tub Doctor (775)233- 5297

HOME IN NEED OF IMPROVEMENT? ADDITIONS, remodels, garages, we do it all! Free estimates, 21 years experience, Carson Valley Construction Company LLC, NV#0074855 (775)291-1453 CASIO PRIVIA KEYBOARD, GREAT CONDITION and beautiful sound $325 OBO, Genoa (775)782-8789 MAINTENANCE FREE DECKS AND PATIO COVERS, knowledgeable, honest, professional service! Serving Northern Nevada for 18+ years! Free Quotes! K & C Construction, NV#0079034 (775)691-6462 BARBEQUE, COMMERCIAL BRAND, TWO BURNER propane, stainless, clean, very good condition, picture on request, $90, Shirley (775)225-2022 1998 HARLEY DAVIDSON ROAD KING, LOW miles, very good condition, $7,500 OBO, Rusty (775)265-1365 GET FAST INTERNET! UP TO 40 MBPS, WIRELESS! (not satellite, not DSL), Great in rural areas, or call Patrick (775)297-4777


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How to Plant your Garden

For the Garden of Your Daily Living! Plant Three Rows Of Peas: Peace of mind, Peace of heart, Peace of soul. Plant Four Rows Of Squash: Squash gossip, Squash indifference, Squash grumbling, Squash selfishness. Plant Four Rows Of Lettuce: Lettuce be faithful, Lettuce be kind, Lettuce be patient, Lettuce really love one another. No Garden Is Without Turnips: Turnip for meetings, Turnip for service, Turnip to help one another. To Conclude Our Garden We Must Have Thyme: Thyme for each other, Thyme for family, Thyme for friends. Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow. BEAUTIFUL MAPLE DINING ROOM SET, oval extension table, 6 chairs, chest, corner curio and serving cart $600 OBO, (775)267-7587 WEEKLY LAWN CARE, AND AERATION, 14+ years experience, quality service, serving Carson Valley, Carson Valley Lawn Care, Insured (775)230-2546


CASH PAID FOR VINTAGE COSTUME JEWERLY. All Types Including: Bracelets, Necklaces, Pins, Rings, Silver, Copper, Pot Metal, Rhinestones, Lockets, Charm Bracelets, Men’s Jewelry, Old Watches, Military Jewelry, Old Mexican and Indian Tourist Jewelry. Larger Quantities Preferred. Please leave clear message on this home phone. I return all calls. Call Joanne at (775)465-9422 NEVADA CCW CLASSES $50, EMAIL tacaimnv@ gmail or call (775)360-5214 PET CARE SERVICE! JODY WADDING, OWNER since 1991, references available, boarding offered or visit your home; horses, dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, fish… (775)782-1212 or (775)781-1065 MY NAME IS STEVEN AND I’M A GRADUATING senior from Douglas High School. Looking for a reliable and fuel-efficient car to travel in during the summer, while taking me to college in the Fall. Budget $2,000 or less. Please call, ask for Steven (775)3924048

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WNC Motorcycle Rider Course

The motorcycle riding season is almost here. Registration has begun for the Basic Rider Course - $160, the NEW Basic Rider Course II - $85 and the Advanced Rider Course - $85. The BRC II is for rider who have been riding or need to update their skills. This New course is the intermediate course of the three offered at WNC. The BRC II will include an online classroom portion and MUST be completed prior to the in-person class. Check class descriptions, dates, and registration on line at or call (775)445-4423. JR POWER SPORTS! WE SERVICE AND REPAIR, ALL makes, models and years; Quads, OHV, Dirt and Street Bikes; from tune up to full rebuild. 35 years experience! Dayton, or (775)241-2530 WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PETS IN YOUR home, all sizes, we can spoil them as you do, call for meet and greet, 10 years experience, Serving Dayton, Carson City, Douglas County, Johnnell and Al (209)986-6381

Happy Birthday America! 6

Wild are the tales of the Pony Express and most of them are true if I don’t miss my guess. But wildest of all tales that they tell is that of fearless young Johnny O’Dell. Johnny was little, but he was a man whom none could outride, outshoot or out plan. Ride, he could ride anything that could run and could outdo any man with a gun. Back in those days there were men in the West and Johnny O’Dell was as good as the best. Only the bravest could carry the mail through terrible dangers that haunted the trail. Dangers there were on the night I describe, for Johnny encountered an Indian tribe. Blackie, his horse, gave a new burst of speed. No Indian pinto could equal that steed. Bullets and arrows whizzed over his head as into the foe and right through them he sped. Outlaws had raided the station ahead. The horses were stolen, his partner was dead. Onward went Johnny over the trail. For such was the life when you carry the mail. Rivers they forded for bridges there were none while crossing one stream he was stopped by a gun. “Halt!” cried a man on the bank of the creek- As together they fired by the light of the sun. Still lay the stranger whom Johnny had met, for all that I know he is lying there yet. Onward went Johnny into the West, as a spot of crimson appeared on his vest. Together they continued their hazardous ride, the powerful horse with the brave man astride. Into the town of Red Gulch did they go, as blotches of blood marked their way through the snow. This was the end of the perilous trail through bullets, and arrows; through blizzards and hail. Johnny dismounted and cried with a wail, “Oh, darn it all, I’ve forgotten the mail!” MKD CONSTRUCTION, GENERAL ENGINEERING, concrete structures, concrete flat work, grading, roadway improvements, drainage, storm drains, underground utilities (water and sewer), paving, fencing, barrier rail, environmental improvements, commercial and residential snow removal, excellent reputation and references available, NV#50061 and CA#818376, Mike (775)246-1900 or (775)315-2416 PAINTING INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR, STAINING, faux and fine finishes, free estimates, Powers Painting, NV#68615, or (775)7815531 or (775)315-5179

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1991 31’ FLEET BOUNDER MOTORHOME, $3,000, call for details (775)392-1714 MINOR TO MAJOR AUTOMOTIVE REPAIRS, Tires and More! ASE Certified Master Mechanic, 35 years same location! Senior Discounts, Bobs Shell Service, Carson City (775)883-7919 PORSCHES WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE! OLD Porsches 1950 to 1973, looking for a Porsche 356, 911 or 912, running or not, with or without engine or transmission, also interested in parts. Will pay cash! Have trailer will travel (775)291-6827 SCI GRADING EXCAVATING ROAD WORK, house pads, drainage and erosion control, septic systems and pumping, wet and dry utilities, demolition, water and dump truck service, Erik Viksna NV#076958, CA#954210, (530)306-2647 or (775)6299000 TROLLING MOTOR, 86 POUND THRUST, BRAND new, never used $170 firm; Marine battery, brand new, never used $110; electric lawnmower $30 (775)266-4140

The Talking Frog

An 86 year-old man is out fishing. He was sitting in his boat when he heard a voice say, “Pick me up!” He looked around and did not see any one. He thought he was dreaming until he heard the voice again. “Pick me up.” The old man looked in the water and there, floating on a lilly pad was a frog. The man said, “Are you talking to me?” The frog replied, “Yes, I’m talking to you. Pick me up. Then, kiss me and I’ll turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. I’ll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous because you will have me as your bride.” The man looked at the frog for a minute in confusion, reached over, picked it up carefully, and placed it in his front pocket. The frog screamed, “What, are you nuts? Didn’t you hear what I said?? I said kiss me and I will be your beautiful bride!” He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said, “Nah, at my age I’d rather have a talking frog.” POOR HEALTH FORCES SALE OF 2017 HONDA 250CC ATV, includes loading ramp, helmet and gloves, it’s just like new $3,600 (775)465-2359


“The Paper With A Hometown Flavor” Flying Pig Flea Market

Our next dates will be July 14th, 8am-4pm, July 15th, 9am-4pm, Fuji Park Building, Carson City. Be a vendor. Come to browse, for information call (775)882-4717 or (775)315-0008 $69 SERVICE CALL, ACADEMY APPLIANCE Service; washers, dryers, refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, compactors, some areas extra charge, Serving Carson Valley (775)781-4725 SPRING LAMBS AND GOATS, CALL FOR PRICES (775)790-1231, (775)790-1176 or (775)465-9074


LAWN MAINTENANCE, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, HOA, Weekly Lawn Care, Fertilizing, Summer Cleanup, Equal Payment Plans, Package Programs, Licensed And Bonded, 22 Years Serving Carson Valley, Total Lawn & Landscape (775)7823505 FOR SALE GREAT OPPORTUNITY, ALREADY successful Meadowcliff Restaurant on Hwy 395, 10 miles south of Topaz Lake. Building, all equipment, on 1.56 acres, Asking $259,900, Call Mary or Tim (530)495-2255

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Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn’t always fair; And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a stu-

dent became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason. He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, I’m A Victim, Pay me for Doing Nothing. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. RENNER’S TRUE VALUE HARDWARE - FOR ALL YOUR hardware, household, automotive and gardening needs and much more now available online at, ship orders to store for free, call Robert or Megan for details (775)465-2217, press 1 for parts, 2289 Hwy. 208, Smith, NV


“The Paper With A Hometown Flavor” Hidden Treasure Near Double Springs? By Karen Dustman Woodfords, California

1964 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX PROJECT CAR, lots of new, sell or trade for vehicle or 2-wheel drive pickup of like value $12,500; Cosmichrome Chrome paint machine $2,000 OBO (775)445-9052 C.F.I. CERTIFIED CARPET, HARDWOOD, VINYL, no charge for furniture. Three-year labor warranty! Residential and Commercial, Competitive pricing, JS Flooring (775)267-4123 GOT DIRTY WINDOWS? ABC WINDOW CLEANERS, gutter and roof cleaning, rescreening, pressure washing, 30 years experience, NV#20161064184, CA#310507, Gardnerville resident (530)544-0590 QUALITY HOME MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENTS, prompt, honest and reliable, fair pricing, all work guaranteed, call for free estimate and visit! Frank (775)309-7299 PLUMBING, LEAKY PIPES, SERVICE AND REPAIR, remodels, new construction, residential and commercial, since 1997, bonded and insured, guaranteed, NV#47214, CA#513872, Call Robert (775)6901441


It was 1863 when a lone highwayman stepped out to stop the stage near Double Springs, Nevada. Whether it was sheer luck or courtesy of an inside scoop, the robber hit payday: the heavily-laden coach was carrying some $17,000 in gold coin on its route between Aurora and Carson. Naturally, the robber couldn’t get too far hauling all that gold! But like all good criminals, he’d thought ahead: he brought along a shovel. And somewhere in the flats not far from Double Spring, the robber dug a hole and buried his loot. The authorities, of course, were hard on the robber’s heels. Before long, he found himself cooling those heels in Nevada’s state prison. There the bandit finally died. And although he kept his secret almost to the end, on his death-bed he finally described the spot where he’d buried all that loot he couldn’t take with him into the next life. According to the robber, the spot where his loot was buried was near a small cabin south of Double Spring, roughly a mile and a half north of another old way station called Mountain House. Many looked for the treasure through the years, but none have yet found it — and not for lack of trying! “The ground in the vicinity looks like an artichoke patch deserted by a drove of swine,” the Genoa Weekly Courier observed in 1891. In 1891, Genoa resident Henry Rice “saw” the spot where the treasure was hiding in a dream. Dragging along friend William Parsons and several young ladies for company, he eagerly rushed out to identify the spot. The prospectors’ hopes were soon dashed when they discovered that there were, sadly, “a hundred places that looked just like the one revealed in [Rice’s] dream.” By way of consolation they continued on to Walker River, where they settled for the ‘treasure’ of a grand picnic lunch. Others, too, would try their hand at finding the robber’s loot through the years. One local named George Dale was said to have “dug up a good-sized ranch in the vain effort.” Charley Holbrook was so convinced his divining rod had pinpointed the loot that he dug a 28-foot deep shaft before finally concluding that he must be in the wrong spot. All of which is, presumably, good news for modernday treasure-seekers! That is, if you believe the old legend, the lost stagecoach gold must still be there somewhere not far from Double Springs. Reminder: It’s not 1891 anymore! Please don’t trespass or go digging unless you get permission from the property owner first! Karen Dustman is a writer in Woodfords, California. Her books on local history are available at

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HANDCRAFTED MARKERS AND MONUMENTS, Granite and Bronze. Large Selection of colors and designs, special orders welcome! 15 years experience, call Cornerstone Monument for appointment (775)267-1958

Hunting, Fishing and Drinking

STEREO SPEAKER SYSTEM, RIBBON TWEETERS, mid-range units, bass woofers, paid $1,700, accept $500 (775)246-7058

I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner. I took out my wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?” “No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied. “Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?” I asked. “No, I don’t waste time fishing,” the homeless man said…”I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.” “Will you spend this on hunting equipment?” I asked. “Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t gone hunting in 20 years!” “Well,” I said, “I’m not going to give you money. Instead, I’m going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.” The homeless man was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you for doing that?” I replied, “Don’t worry about that. It’s important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking, fishing and hunting.”

HIGH ROLLERS PAINTING FOR ALL YOUR PAINTING needs! Competitive rates and quality workmanship, bonded and insured, NV#44048, or (775)267-2534

ALPINE TREE SERVICE - TRIMMING, REMOVAL, grinding and lot clearing, no job too small, Licensed, Insured and over 35 years experience (775)721-2880

MIGUEL’S GARDEN SERVICE, FULL LAWN MAINTENANCE, clean up, fertilizing, dead shrubs and trees pulled out, excellent references, great rates, serving Carson Valley 27+ years! (775)265-0501

LARRY’S TRACTOR SERVICE, CLEANUP WORK, rototilling, backhoe, box scraper, dump trailer, rake, hole drilling, affordable rates (775)2672245 or (775)690-4632

GOT WOOD? SAMMY’S FIREWOOD, HONEST Quality Service, soft and hard wood, delivery available, located in Carson City (775)315-0834

MONUMENTS UNLIMITED, HEADSTONES, curbing, granite and concrete, all colors available, quality work (775)720-1627

CUSTOM MADE WOODEN SINGLE AXLE, Marathon show cart and custom made black leather harness, excellent condition $2,000 (530)495-2119

Annual St. Gall Rummage Sale…

is scheduled for August 3rd, 7am-5pm and August 4th, 7am-3pm. This is our BIG ONE! We have something for everyone. St. Gall, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville (775)782-2852 DASILVA’S HAULING/HANDYMAN SERVICES, Cleanup, tree trimming/removal, tractor work, rock and dirt removal, weed pulling, fence repairs, NV#0319423 (775)230-3436 or (775)354-3328


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The Good Old Days

It doesn’t take much. It could be the scent of pine in the air that triggers Christmas memories for me. It could be a muffled metal to metal sound that reminds me that my Dad insisted on mashing the Sunday dinner potatoes by hand. He used this old fashioned masher that had a red and white wooden handle. I bought one at a yard sale a few years ago. I think I used it twice since then. It was a sound once again that grabbed my attention. I knew it was familiar, but couldn’t place it at first. I was walking through my old neighborhood reminiscing about the “good old days.” Yes, I find myself using that term more often now. “I can remember when gas was 27 cents a gallon,” I told my nephew just yesterday. He looked at me like I was from another planet. But walking along the streets I grew up on was a powerful experience for me. Fences that were so difficult to climb back then seemed so small now. The school yard I played in is now a parking lot for the school district building that replaced the hallowed halls of the first six years of my education. I was walking down one of the smaller side streets near my former home. Off in the distance I could hear the faint familiar sound.

“What is that?” I said to myself. It almost sounded like a chirp of a tiny spring bird. But so many have gone now that Autumn has returned. They, being much smarter than I, have headed for warmer climates. There it was again. I decided to search it out. As I turned the corner the sound got louder, more pronounced. I knew it well but hadn’t heard it in decades. There standing on her back porch was an old woman hanging her clothes. The sound that echoed through my mind was that of a clothes line on two pulleys. You might be thinking, “So what? I still use one.” But throughout my neighborhood and other places where I have lived these last few decades, I cannot remember seeing anyone hanging their clothes. Why do you think God created dryers? The house was on the corner and I casually walked along the fence that bordered her property. I had to say something. I had to share my thoughts with someone still connected to a piece of my past. “Hello! How are you?” I asked. “Just fine, thank you,” she replied. “I once lived in this area. I was taking a walk down memory lane.” “I’ve been here most of my life,” she replied. Cont...


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“As I approached your house I heard this all too familiar sound, but couldn’t quite place it. Then I saw you hanging your clothes on the line. It brought back some great memories for me.” “I’ve used one all of my life. My children bought me a dryer years ago. I only use it when the temperatures get too low for me to stand out here. They can’t understand why I still use this,” she said. “I can still picture the clothes pin holder my Mom had. It looked like a small dress or apron, but had a round hole up front. It hung on a clothes hanger.” I told her. “Like this?” she asked as she held up hers. “Yes, exactly like that,” I said in amazement. I never see those anywhere. “So tell me. In this day of wash and wear, never needs ironing clothes, why do you still use the clothes line?” She walked down off the steps and approached me. Every step was an effort for her aged body. So I appreciated the time she was taking to chat with me. “Son, it’s this way. My Mother taught me that every day is new. So new in fact it is nothing like yesterday and certainly no way near what tomorrow will be. So she wanted her children to head into each new day clean and fresh like the day itself. There is nothing in the world like clothes that have hung in the sunshine.”


“Not even clothes that smell “fresh as all outdoors”, with a little Bounce in the dryer?” I asked. “No that makes them fake. Not real, like the world is.” Then she paused for a moment and slowly turned toward the sun. “People can be fake. They put on clothing with someone else’s name on it. They splash on perfume that makes them smell like someone else. They wear shoes that make them look taller. It’s all fake. That sun up there is pure light. You can’t hide in the sunshine. People who hide things tuck ‘em in the darkness where they think others can’t see. When I hang my clothes in the sunshine I’m welcoming the light. I’m saying, “Look world here I am!” Then turning toward her clothesline she started to laugh. “Heck, they can even see my underwear! Now that’s being open.” I couldn’t help but laugh right along with her. She had one of those sweet, lady-like laughs that revealed her gentle manor and well rooted up-bringing. “I believe you are right,” I said. “I know I am, son. If we would all stop trying to be someone else the world would be better off.” “Thanks for the life lesson.” I said. “You are welcome. I must get back to my laundry before my Tommy Hilfiger jeans start to wrinkle,” she said. Then she really started to laugh as she walked back up the steps to continue her work. As I walked around the corner another sound triggered memories in my mind. The sound of laughter. Memories of the good old days. HANDYMAN SERVICE – HOME REPAIRS, FENCING Repair/Replacement, Hauling, Trash Removal, Shrub and Tree Trimming and Removal, and Weed Removal, Free Estimates (775)781-1747 FOR A NEW AND INNOVATIVE HAIR STYLE call Cathy Hallifax at Déjà vu Salon in Minden, mention this ad for $5 off any hair service (530)518-1166 or (775)782-8776 QUEEN BEDROOM SET WITH BEDDING $80; Electric roaster $15; bullet molds, tent $25; rifle cases $10; electric meat grinder $35, before 7pm (775)2663435 BLIND AND WINDOW CLEANING SERVICES, residential and commercial, multi-story specialist, mobile blind cleaning, pressure washing, awning cleaning, Call Unlimited for a clear view! (775)8836629

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Eye Doctor

I was very scared about going to the eye doctor to get a certain procedure done on my eyes. The doctor tried to put me at ease but to no avail. It was after he finished with my first eye that I nearly jumped out of the chair. “There there”, he said “only one eye left!” BROTHER SEWING MACHINE, INDUSTRIAL/ Commercial medium duty, #DB2-B735-3, used in my home only, table, light, motor, extras, very good condition $500 (775)450-0542 LET US UNLOAD ON YOU! TOP SOIL, ROCK, DG, worm castings etc. Tight time line? We’re really fast! 30+ years experience, serving Carson and surrounding communities, Nevada Organics (775)8829500 CUSTOM CANVAS WORK! REPAIR, RE-STITCH, Replace; Boat Covers, Cockpit and Bow Covers, Spa Sun Covers and Patio Shade; Snaps, Grommets, Velcro, Zippers, Reinforcements, Jim/Minden (775)2674434 or (775)230-8706 CARHARTT DARK BROWN LOGGER BOOTS 9½D, new in box $35; Roper Western style ½ boots, brown leather 9½D new $25; Cowboy boots, tan leather 9½D like new $20, Peter (775)297-2811


“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame them, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming them, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy. ” -Wayne W. Dyer TAKE CARE OF YOUR LOVED ONES. WILLS and Trusts. Day R. Williams, Attorney at Law, 1601 Fairview Drive, Suite C., Carson City, NV. Call Day today! (775)885-8398 “YOUR HOMETOWN HAULER SINCE 1996!” J.R.’s Hauling, Junk and Trash, Carson Valley/Carson City, $139 a load plus dump fee, (775)265-6813 YARD ENHANCEMENT HANDYMAN, SERVICES, fence repair/rebuild, tree and brush trim/removal, defensible space improvement, clean-up, hauling, dump runs, Kelly/Gardnerville (209)352-0084 QUEEN SLEEP NUMBER MATTRESS, pump included, very clean, used twice, paid $2,400, asking $800 (775)885-8314

WILL TEAR DOWN AND BUY OLD WOODEN Barns and Barn Wood! Insured and bonded (775)7829192

HOME REPAIR PRO, MR. FIX IT, ANY OUTSIDE/ INSIDE repairs, big or small, flat rate $40 per hour (775)691-5119

CRAFTSMAN 6” JOINTER PLANER $50; engine stand $20; truck hydraulic jack, large, needs seals $15; U.S. Army LC-1 Rucksack $45; U.S. Army pup tent $35; table top band saw, table saws, jig saw, exercise bike $10 (775)750-7374

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Lord or no Lord?

A religious women upon waking up each morning would open her front door stand on the porch and scream, “Praise the lord.” This infuriated her atheist neighbor who would always make sure to counter back, “there is no Lord.” One morning the atheist neighbor overheard his neighbor praying for food, thinking it would be funny, he went and bought her all sorts of groceries and left them on her porch. The next morning the lady screamed, “praise the Lord, who gave me this food.” The neighbor laughing so hard he could barely get the words out screamed “it wasn’t the Lord, it was me.” The lady without missing a beat screamed “praise the Lord for not only giving me food but making the atheist pay for it!!“ THE WALKER BASIN CONSERVANCY IN YERINGTON seeks a Conservation Technician with experience in irrigation/agricultural/farm/landscape/ natural resources work. Salary $12.50-$14.50 with benefits. Visit for full position description and application information. “A MOVING EXPERIENCE” - MOVE ASSISTANCE, 25 years experience, Senior Discounts! Ken Jeter, or (775)530-8932

TOOLS! NEED TO SELL ALL POWER, Hand, Machinist tools and tool boxes, too much to list, let’s make a deal, email or Minden (702)306-0215 JOB HUNTING? CHANGING CAREERS? SEEKING a promotion? Re-entering the job market? Beat the competition with a professional resume created by The Resume Business (775)267-2711 MANNEQUIN, GREAT CONDITION, ORIGINAL shape and print and stickers, 65” tall, great price $200; Black Samsung 24.5 cubic foot side by side, 4 years old, new $1,200, asking $800; 3’x18½” wide round black antique bird cage and $32 new extras, $110; Maytag propane dryer $100; New Jacuzzi pump from Western Nevada Supply, $250 value, sell for $100; Pack Saddle, complete $160; Original Antique Corn Shuck (box is gone) $60; 1920’s 2’x19” Beveled Oval picture frame of 3 ladies $60; 25”x37” glass picture frame with poster, Gouldian Finches $38; 14” Black and white TV for RV $30 (775)2656336



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An Unusual Question


Bob Smith was sick of his job and was determined to find work elsewhere. But no matter how hard he tried, his reputation as someone who was not dedicated to the job, seemed to follow him around. One day the phone rang at his office. Although Bob did not usually pick up the phone, he picked it up and said hello. “Hi” said the man on the line, “I have an unusual question to ask you, I’m looking into a fellow Bob Smith for a position in my company. Do you know this fellow?” “Sure I know him”, responded Bob with a smile. “Tell me,” asked the man. “Is he consistent with his work? Does he always show up on time?” “Well I’ll be honest with you” Bob truthfully replied, “I’m not so consistent myself, but whenever I’m here he’s here!”

Ever Wonder? If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

ACRE RESIDENTIAL LOT, ALMOST LEVEL, water, power, 615 Deep Forest, Lake Almanor Country Club, Beach, Boat Ramp, Golf Course, $16,500, will consider trade-partial or full (775)287-5672

CIRCA 50’s RECORDS- 33RPM (70), 45RPM (60), 78RPM (40), List available, Best Offer, Call Robert (775)265-0253

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PIANO AND ORGAN PRIVATE INSTRUCTIONS, Member of Sierra Organ Club, Call Joanne Booth in Sunridge, Carson City (775)267-2429 WALK BEHIND GARDEN SEEDER FOR BIG gardens $50; separate corn planter $10; Fairbanks platform farmers scale $100 (775)246-9227 FIREWOOD, SEASONED, SPLIT, ALMOND ONLY $400 a cord, cut to size, under 16”, 16”-18”, 18”-22”, purchased prior to August 30, delivery available, Jon (775)246-7186

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How to Spot Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

“Leaves of three, let it be.” Many parents give their children that advice and it works, in the case of poison ivy and poison oak. How to Spot Poison Ivy - You’ll notice three pointed leaves that change colors with the seasons: Reddish in the spring, Green in the summer, Yellow, orange, or red in the fall On some plants, the leaves have notched edges. On others, the leaves’ edges are smooth. Poison ivy can grow as a bush or vine. You may see the vines climbing up the sides of trees or buildings. The plants sometimes have white berries, which help it spread. Birds eat the berries and transplant the seeds on new areas along with their droppings. This may be why poison ivy is so common. It’s in each U.S. state, except for Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of the West Coast. How to Spot Poison Oak - Look for three leaves shaped in lobes that look like the leaves of an oak tree. The plant grows in low shrubs in the eastern U.S. On the Pacific Coast, it grows in long vines. PAINTER, SEMI-RETIRED WITH 40 YEARS experience in Nevada, Save Money, Get Seasonal Discount Now, inside or out, Fences (775)901-1912

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“The Paper With A Hometown Flavor” 911

A man awoke one evening to discover prowlers in his storage shed. He immediately called 911, gave his address, to report the prowlers and possible burglary. The operator at the other end said, “Are they in your house?” He said they were not, only in his storage shed in back of the house. The operator said there were no cars available at that time. He thanked the operator, hung up the phone and counted to 30 and called again. “I just called you about prowlers in my storage shed. Well you do not have to worry, as I just shot them all!” Within seconds, there were 3 police cars, an ambulance and fire engine at the scene. After capturing the prowlers red-handed, the policeman asked the caller, “I thought you said you had shot them all!” The man answered, “I thought you said there were no police available!” PC BRONZE BAR CHAT SET PATIO FURNITURE, table and 4 chairs, new, never used, original price $1,200, best offer (775)265-0253

Grandmas Gift

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Two guys were playing golf, one of them was about to swing the golf club when he noticed a funeral procession going by on the street. The man stopped in midswing and closed his eyes and said a short prayer. The other man truly inspired, remarked, clearing his throat, “wow that was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.” “Well”, the other man said “I was married to her for 35 years.” ASPEN ROOFING INC. FREE ESTIMATES, ALL types, Re-roofs, New and Repairs, NV#0069418, Insured and Bonded, Chris (775)230-8174

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“The Paper With A Hometown Flavor” How to Avoid Feeling Bloated on Planes

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Jet belly - it’s a term flight attendants use to describe the not-so-pleasant (and all-too-common symptom) of air travel: a heavy, bloated stomach. But what’s the reasoning behind our pants tightening up in the air? A law of physics, really, says Peter Hackett, M.D., director of the Institute for Altitude Medicine in Telluride, Colorado. The ‘cabin altitude’ of most planes is equivalent to about 7,000 feet, he says. And as science has it, all gases - including those in your gut -expand as pressure decreases (or as altitude increases), Dr. Hackett explains. “Gas in the intestines will expand about 30 percent with a cabin altitude of 7,000 feet.” While this is totally normally, the change in pressure won’t just lead to bloat. As volume expands in your intestines, you’ll likely have the urge to pass gas more often, too, says Gina Sam, M.D., director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Center at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely side step these issues - after all, it’s science. But you can avoid potentiating the problem. Here’s how: First, pass on carbonated drinks (like seltzer water and soda) and gassy foods (think: fatty or fried bites like chips, broccoli, beans, and onions) just before and during your flight, suggests Dr. Hackett. Since bubbles expand in your stomach, they could further feelings of bloat. Likewise, the wrong snacks can promote intestinal gas. Your best bet is water, a light pre-flight meal, and - if you know you’re highly-affected during flights - GasEx, which can help if your belly starts acting up, says Dr. Sam. Also make sure to go for a walk every now and then - either to the bathroom or just down the aisle. Moving around can help keep things...well...moving (and relieve some of that mid-flight bloat). 2006 SILVER HONDA AERO MOTORCYCLE, PRIME condition, powerful, 750cc water cooled, lights, bag, shield, low seating, 6,400 miles $4,200 OBO, Minden (760)920-2151 AFFORDABLE LAB TEST - CBC, THYROID, HORMONES, Cholesterol, Testosterone and more! No Insurance. For appointment call Millennium Medical (775)783-1127

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Born in 1880

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I was born in 1880 so have lived through the “good old days” which are my memories now. A friend said to me a few years ago, “Why don’t you record these things. Your generation will soon be gone and there will be no one who remembers,” so that is how my memories came into existence. TRAVELLING - One lovely afternoon in February, I enjoyed a fifty mile trip to Lake Placid to visit my granddaughter. It took about an hour in one of the new automobiles. As I journeyed I thought of the difference in travel from my grandmothers’ day to the present time. It would have taken my grandparents more days for the trip than the hours which it took me. When grandmother went to town or to visit a neighbor she went on a farm wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen. There was a long board placed on the front and rear axles, a chain was fastened to the axles for her feet to rest upon and a rope was strung from stakes for her back and for her to hang onto so she wouldn’t lose her balance and fall. Sometimes they used the wagon box with a chair in it or it had straw for her to sit on. This was used if they were “going to the store.” Grandmother didn’t go shopping every week like her granddaughter does. How proud the family was when a horse was brought home hitched to a “democrat” wagon. This wagon had no springs and a short reach between the axles so was not much easier riding than the farm wagon but the horse was faster than the oxen so it shortened the time on the road. After the “democrat” came the “buck board.” So called because the “reach” was longer and gave some spring to the seat, especially if the occupants were heavy people like both my grandparents. Later came the carriage. This was quite elegant as it had a “top” that would fold down and especially if it had hard rubber tires. Then there was the buggy. I don’t know why it was so called. Then the family wagon with two or three seats and a canopy top called a surrey. I mustn’t forget to mention the stagecoach or “tally ho” which was enclosed with doors on either side with space and seats on top for six or eight passengers or for baggage. It was wonderful for us children to watch the “tally ho” go by with the horses on the run and the horn blowing. This was the way they entered the main Street of Lake Placid in the 1880’s. Sometimes there were four horses hitched to the stagecoach. It has been most interesting to watch the improvements in the automobile from the beginning of the century to the present day. The change in our highways has been as great as the


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change from the ox wagon to the present automobile. When my father was a boy his father was commissioned to survey and build a road past the Cascade Lakes, which would shorten the route between Keene and Lake Placid. As a child I remember riding over that road when it was so narrow that teams couldn’t pass each other only at the “turning put” places. Now it is a two lane highway. Most of the roads now are hard surface. The owners of the first automobiles had to leave them in the barn after the first snow fall and until the mud was dried up in the spring. There were no snow plows then nor sanders. After heavy snow falls, the farmers would hitch their teams to their heavy sleighs and fasten a board to one side of the back sled and plow the roads themselves. Sometimes if the roads were badly drifted they’d take down a portion of the fence and drive through the fields around the drifted portion of the road. Those were “the good old days.” WOOL - Did you ever hear someone say, “You must be wool gathering?” Everyone knows that wool comes from sheep, and raising and caring for sheep is the oldest occupation of man. Cloth made from wool is the oldest fabric. The sheep of today is so different from the sheep of Bible time as to be almost a different animal except


that its coat is still wool. Even in the years of my remembering there have been improvements in the size of sheep and in the grade of wool. Shepherds watched their flocks by night lest even one little lamb should go astray. The sheep’s wool grows during most of the year and gets long and thick during the cold weather, but when it gets warm the wool loosens from the skin and is easily pulled loose and comes away, otherwise the poor animal would be very uncomfortable as the summer gets warmer. Now-a-days the wool is clipped off with electric shears, rolled into bundles and sold to dealers. Years and years ago the early shepherds had no shears with which to clip their flocks so each sheep was plucked or picked as its wool loosened. Those who didn’t own sheep used to go around the pastures gathering the wool from the bushes where it had been pulled out as the sheep went through, wandering from one place to another and thus came the expression “wool gathering.” As a child I remember when grandfather “sheared the sheep.” It was a warm day the later part of May. Each sheep was caught and held while a man with a pair of “sheep shears” (similar to our present day grass shears) started in on the front legs and cut the wool off close to the skin all over the sheep and how bare and funny it looked when let run. Often the poor little lambs didn’t know their own mothers. Grandfather sold most of the wool but always kept several fleeces for family use. He always kept at least one black sheep whose fleece made gray yarn that didn’t have to be dyed and Grandmother used that for socks for her men folks. After the “shearing” the women took care of the wool that wasn’t sold. First it had to be washed, then dried, and I’ve spent hours helping “pick” it as it was always matted together after the washing. Grandfather then took it to the “carding” mill where it was made into “rolls” for spinning. Sometimes Grandmother carded it herself into ‘batts” to be used as filler for new quilts. Her spinning wheel was different from any other I ever saw as she could sit down and the “head” swung out and back instead of being stationary like the other spinning wheels where the spinner had to walk up and back. The first yarn was spun very fine and generally two strands were twisted together for knitting socks and stockings and mittens. Only one strand was used in weaving cloth. “Great-grandma” had a loom in her kitchen and I remember seeing her weave material for Grandfather’s shirts. It was even check, yellow (“copperas”) and blue. Later the loom was used for weaving rag carpets and rugs. Look for the Part 2 in the August edition!

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“The Paper With A Hometown Flavor” Douglas Democrats Annual Barbecue

Tri-tip steak will be barbecued to perfection at the Douglas County Democrats’ Annual Barbecue and Picnic at Genoa’s Mormon Station Saturday, July 28 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Turkey hot dogs, beans, bread, salad and watermelon round out the menu. Spend the afternoon with Nevada Democratic leaders and meet elected officials and candidates. Cost is $20 adults, children 7 and under free. The meal ticket includes one bottle of water. A no-host wine, beer and sodas bar will be available. Gift baskets will be available via silent auction. Join us for Food, Fun and Friends. RSVPs to Katherine Winans, or (775)267-0539 will be appreciated. Funds raised to benefit the Douglas Democrats. MASTER HOROLOGIST, CLOCK REPAIR, MUSEUM Quality Furniture, Chair Caning and Antique Everything Restoration, Grandfather Clock House Calls! A-1 Restorations since 1967, Larry (775)7811616 NEARLY NEW WHYNTER 65 QT. REFRIGERATOR - freezer combo, portable, runs on 110 or 12 volt $200 OBO (775)267-7587 1997 TAURUS – GOOD SHAPE, NEWER MOTOR, WELL maintained, everything works, too many new parts to list $2,500; large framed mirror $50 (775)342-9718

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Jerry was at a marriage seminar, and the leader of the seminar, a lady, was asking everybody how long they were married for. When it was Jerry’s turn Jerry said that he was married for almost 50 years. “Wow” the leader gushed “that’s amazing, perhaps you can take a few minutes to share some insights with everybody, how you stay married to the same woman for so long. “Well,” Jerry said after thinking for a few moments, “I try to treat her nice, buy her presents, take her on trips........ and best of all, for our 25th anniversary I took her to the Bahamas.” “Well that’s really beautiful, and a true inspiration for all of us” the lady said “maybe you can tell us what you are going to do for your 50th anniversary” she said with a smile. “Well” Jerry said “I’m thinking of going back to the Bahamas to pick her up.”

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“The Paper With A Hometown Flavor” The Story of the Fourth of July

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The Declaration of Independence: We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776). It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775). And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776). So what did happen on July 4, 1776? The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes. July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered. In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed! How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday? For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too antiBritish, which went against their current policies. By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change. After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s

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all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated. Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941. (

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Feeling Pregnant

“Ok everyone,” said the instructor at the birthing class trying to get everyone’s attention. “We are going to do an exercise now, that’s purpose is to help the men sympathize with their partners.” “We have here what’s called a pregnancy suit,” said the woman instructor, holding up an artificial stomach with a strap. “This imitates the feeling of being pregnant. Which husband volunteers to be the first one to try it on?” “I will” said one man, taking the suit and trying it on. “This isn’t too bad said the man walking around. I think I could get used to this.” “Ok”, said the instructor smiling, “now I would like you to bend down and pick up my pen from the floor.” “You want me to pick it up?” he said hesitantly, “just as I would if I was pregnant?” “Yes!” said the instructor. “Honey,” said the man turning to his spouse “do you mind picking up that pen for me?” GENEALOGY - THOROUGH RESEARCH OF FAMILY histories. A unique gift for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, holidays or yourself! or Lisa (775)450-3175


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Adam and Eve

Battle of the Sexes

All of the relatives gathered together in the hospital waiting room tensely waiting the Doctors report. Finally after what seemed like hours the Doctor finally came out. “Well” he said “I have good news and bad news. The bad news is I am afraid his brain doesn’t work anymore, but the good news is that there is a new procedure called a brain transplant. But I am afraid it’s quite expensive and it’s not covered by insurance. After a few seconds one of the sons asked “well how much does it cost?” The Doctor replied “it’s $10,000 for a male brain and $2,000 for a female brain.” The moment turned quite awkward and despite the seriousness of the situation some of the men actually started smiling. Finally one of the men couldn’t control himself and asked the question everyone wanted to ask. “Why is the female brain so much less?” “Oh that’s just standard pricing procedure,” the Doctor replied. “You see, we have to charge less for the female brain simply because they’re used.” CARIBOU 1994 TRUCK CAMPER LONG BED, all appliances work well, inside clean and good condition, outside fair, sleeps 4-5, $1,500 OBO, Yerington (775)315-6540


Existence was so tranquil and peaceful for the young couple Adam and Eve, like straight out of a story book, until one unfortunate day when Adam showed up one hour late for supper. By the time Adam finally came home Eve was a nervous wreck, and her imagination was working overtime. “Honey, what happened? Why are you home so late?” Questioned Eve. “Oh I’m sorry!” Adam responded with a wave of his hand, “I just lost track of the time.” Now Eve didn’t have a Mother or girlfriend around to calm her fears, after all it was just her and her husband and despite Adam’s convincing act her overactive imagination could not be calmed. That night after two hours of restlessly turning in her bed, enough was enough. “WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING!” Hollered Adam jumping out of bed. “YOU KNOW DARN WELL WHAT I’M DOING” Screamed Eve right back, “NOW YOU BETTER LAY STILL RIGHT NOW, AND LET ME FINISH COUNTING THOSE RIBS!” A BAD TILE JOB CAN BE LIKE A BAD HAIRCUT, but it doesn’t grow back, so don’t get hacked! Done right the first time, Sundance Tile and Marble, NV#58795 (775)691-9954 MAAX WHIRLPOOL BATHTUB, 60”X32”X 24” D, paid $4,000, selling because of health, used four times, asking $1,500 (775)267-1770 SUTRO LANDSCAPING, ONE CALL DOES IT all; lawn care, aerating and thatching, sprinkler systems, sod installation and planting, clean-ups and much more, Free Estimates, Operated by owner, NV#50048 (775)246-4871 or (775)291-3095 ELECTRIC BATTERY-OPERATED WHEELCHAIR, Quickie Pulse 6, excellent condition, paid $3,599, asking $2,700 OBO, Dayton (775)737-8905

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Although better known for her Silver Screen exploits, Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) also became a pioneer in the field of wireless communications following her emigration to the United States. The international beauty icon, along with co-inventor George Anthiel, developed a “Secret Communications System” to help combat the Nazis in World War II. By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by enemy personnel. Lamarr and Anthiel received a patent in 1941, but the enormous significance of their invention was not realized until decades later. It was first implemented on naval ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis and subsequently emerged in numerous military applications. But most importantly, the “spread spectrum” technology that Lamarr helped to invent would galvanize the digital communications boom, forming the technical backbone that makes cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations possible. As is the case with many of the famous women inventors, Lamarr received very little recognition of her innovative talent at the time, but recently she has been showered with praise for her groundbreaking invention. In 1997, she and George Anthiel were honored with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Pioneer Award. And later in the same year, Lamarr became the first female recipient of the BULBIE™ Gnass Spirit of Achievement Award, a prestigious lifetime accomplishment prize for inventors that is dubbed “The Oscar™ of Inventing.” Proving she was much more than just another pretty face, Lamarr shattered stereotypes and earned a place among the 20th century’s most important women inventors. She truly was a visionary whose technological acumen was far ahead of its time. OAK CURIO, GLASS ON FRONT AND SIDES 78”X38”x14”, 5 glass shelves, lighted $150 OBO (775)267-7587 CALLING ALL CONTRACTORS. IF YOU OWN a small construction company and are finding it hard to keep up with the bookkeeping, payroll and or taxes we’re your answer. Pro-Balanced Bookkeeping and Tax Service (775)246-3363 HANDY HAMILTONS HANDYMAN SERVICES, Experienced Handyman, Quality work at a fair price, Free estimates, Call Mark Hamilton (775)720-9595

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