August 6, 2009
Marshall County Humane Society News
Protecting your pets from common pests
One of your most important jobs as a pet owner is to protect your pet from the common pests that assail him. This week we’ll talk about external pests.
Fleas and ticks are probably the most common aggravators. They can be controlled with a monthly application of products such as Frontline or Advantage which are available from your full service veterinarian.
Sevin Dust is less expensive and works well but make sure you get the proper strength for animals; it will tell you on the bag. Borax is a natural product that has myriad uses, including killing fleas, but may be harder to find. I could only find it on-line.
Flea collars are still popular but they don’t work very well and are dangerous for cats. Cats are apt to get them hung when getting through tight spots or hurt themselves trying to get them off. There are some real horror stories.
You can tell your pet has ear mites if you see brown, waxy material in their ears and they scratch their ears a lot. Your full service veterinarian’s office will sell you medicine, good for both cats and dogs, without an office visit. It is also available at a good co-op but beware of products from other sources. Two treatments may be necessary since the medication may only kill the adult mites, leaving eggs which take 21 days after hatching before they can lay their own eggs. Once you have broken the life cycle with the second treatment, cleaning the ears with white vinegar on a regular basis will prevent reinfestation since the ear mites don’t like the pH of the white vinegar.
For an appointment at the Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-252-6196. We are booking now for September. If you can’t wait that long the Animal Protection Association Spay Neuter Clinic in Memphis takes Mississippi animals and may have appointments available sooner. Contact them at 901-324-3202.
For information on adoptions, fostering or anything else about our Humane Society call 662-564-2900.
Tupelo Automobile Museum to host third annual Rags to Riches Tour
Get your motors running, and plan to cruise the third annual Rags to Riches Tour on Saturday, August 15! Bring your classic automobile to the Tupelo Automobile Museum to take the trip up Old Highway 78, commemorating the ride Elvis and his family took when they left Tupelo in their 1939 Plymouth and moved to Memphis.
Cars will leave the Tupelo Automobile Museum at 7 a.m. and drive up Hwy. 78 to Olive Branch City Hall for registration. Cruisers from the Olive Branch area will join the cruise there and return to Tupelo via Old 78 to tour the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Tupelo Automobile Museum.
A free catered BBQ lunch will be provided at the Tupelo Automobile Museum to the first 120 pre-registered participants. After lunch, cruisers will return back up Hwy. 78 to Holly Springs to visit “Poteet’s Ford Farm.”
Entry fees are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children under age 7. Fee includes entry to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum and the Tupelo Automobile Museum.
This is a rain or shine event. To participate in the Rags to Riches Tour and pre-register, contact Allen McDaniel at 662-842-4242. Pre-registration is not required but highly recommended!
Stennis holds last planned space shuttle engine test
With 520 seconds of shake, rattle and roar on July 29, NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center marked the end of an era for testing the space shuttle main engines that have powered the nation’s space shuttle program for nearly three decades.
This was the final planned test of a main engine for the shuttle, which currently is set to retire next year. More than 34 years ago, on June 27, 1975, Stennis engineers conducted the first test on one of the world’s most sophisticated rocket engines.
“It would be difficult to overstate the role Stennis has played in our nation’s space program for the last 34 years,” Stennis director Gene Goldman said. “Its workers have created an unparalleled legacy of engine testing excellence.”
Overall, in more than three decades of testing, about 50 main engines have been certified for use on almost 130 shuttle missions. These engines can be used to power more than a dozen flights before being retested.
“The excellent flight record of the space shuttle main engine can be largely attributed to the test team at Stennis Space Center,” said Ronnie Rigney, acting space shuttle main engine test project manager at Stennis. “We have performed over 2,000 tests, totaling more than one million seconds of accumulated hot-fire time in support of the development, certification, acceptance and anomaly resolution for the space shuttle main engine.”
At one point, all three test stands at Stennis were involved in shuttle engine testing. Today, testing for the program occurs on the A-2 Test Stand as Stennis engineers prepare the A-1 Test Stand for testing the J-2X engine currently in development. That engine will help power the Ares I and Ares V rockets that will take humans back to the moon and possibly beyond as part of NASA’s newest space challenge – the Constellation Program.
NASA assigned Stennis to test space shuttle main engines in 1971. Prior to the first shuttle flight, Stennis engineers conducted some 500 tests on the engine and its components. They also test-fired the three-engine cluster arrangement – the main propulsion test article – that is used to power the shuttle, an accomplishment some called the facility’s “finest hour.”
“Stennis Space Center is truly unique in that propulsion test operations expertise has been passed from generation to generation through the Apollo and Shuttle programs since the mid-1960s, making this workforce one of the most knowledgeable in its field,” Rigney explained.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - August 12, 1999
The banks of Marshall County are ready for Y2K (advertisement)
We welcome questions from our friends and customers about Y2K. We are sponsoring a series of question and answer sessions; all four bank presidents will be available at each session, along with members of their Y2K staff.
Y2K only 19 weeks away; all not prepared
The year 2000 is only 19 weeks away and some locals have not completed work on their equipment to make sure it is not affected by the Y2K “bug,” -- a computer problem that could affect equipment and programs that are date sensitive.
25 Years Ago - August 9, 1984
Mrs. Fant to White House
Maxine Fant has arrived home from Washington, D.C. She went on a Homemaker tour bus. They spent a week and, boy, did they enjoy the tour of the White House. They took a boat cruise up the river to Mt. Vernon and visited the Natural Bridge in Virginia.
Randy Rhynes takes top spot
SSgt. Randy Rhynes, 504th Infantry, took the top spot in this year’s All Army rifle competition, in Ft. Benning, Ga. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Rhynes of Potts Camp, Randy has competed five times at the Army-level competition. He has also earned the Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge, which is the highest award possible for a military marksman.
50 Years Ago - August 6, 1959
Election returns, street dancing and soda pop enjoyed by thousands
Mississippians beat a steady trail to the voting booths Tuesday. Marshall Countians climaxed the day with an election party on the courthouse square that lasted all night. Election returns, street dancing and red soda pop were enjoyed by thousands as business, cotton crops, etc. were forgotten for the 24-hour period.
Three Holly Springs boys escort royalty
Hubert McAlexander Jr., L.A. Smith III and Ruff Fant were three of four boys chosen from all over the state to escort the contestants in the Miss Hospitality contest in Vicksburg. McAlexander escorted “Miss America” Mary Ann Mobley; Smith escorted Miss Jasper County and Fant escorted Miss Delta State.
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