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12A--The Maiakoff News, Thursday, June 16, 1983 "Most consumers can save money by purchasing their own telephones," says Bonnie Piernot, a family resource management specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A&M University System. Consumers have had the option of buying their own phones since 1968. But while 25 million people acquired leased phones last year, only 5 million pur- chased them. One reason for the lack of purchases, says Piernot, is that few people realize they are paying rental fees on their phones. That cost is included in the monthly service charges and seldom listed as a separate item. Although rental charges and the cost of phones varies among companies, the potential savings are obvious. For example, a standard rotary telephone may rent for $2.50 per month. The cost of buying this same phone from a local phone store Is $29.95. Therefore, in 12 months the consumer can pay back the purchase price of the phone. After these 12 months, the con- sumer is saving the $2.50 each month that the phone is in the home. Rather than purchase phones like those they already have, however, many consumers are tempted to buy O approve law library increase fancier novelty phones or even "designer phones," which can be costly, says Piernot. Next to the standard rotary unit, the most popular phone for purchase is a trimline with pushbuttons in the handle. These phones rent for about $4.50 per month and sell for about $75. Purchasing a pnshbutton phone can cause slight problems in some areas, cautions the specialist. A consumer replacing a rental push button phone with a purchased one may have to pay for the special line to handle the touch tone signals. "One disadvantage of phone owner- ship is maintenance," says Piernot. Most equipment now available for sale has a 30 to 90 day warranty. Thereafter the consumer pays the cost of service. Fortunately, standard phones have very few problems. With careful haw dling and use these phones should last 15 to 20 years. Some experts estimate a repair call once every seven years. According to Piernot, consumers should consider service in making a choice between renting and buying. Some phone stores will do their own service. Others require the consumer to pay for shipping the phone to a central or regional repair center. the repair costs in calculating the life- time cost of purchasing a phone. "Consumers who do nothing more than buy a phone like the one installed in their home can save money," says Piernot. "But they should consider ser- vice, repair costs, the cost of novelty phones and any special charges before making that purchase." Cook Reunion to be held The Cook descendants of Franklin Cook's children (Emily, Thomas, George W., Francis Marion, John A. Sarah A., Rebecca E., Louisa Jane, James L., Benjamin F., Margaret A., Texans Camile, Stephen Smith, Han- nah J. and Joseph E.) are being honored at the Pioneer Day Celebration in Eustace Saturday, July 2. A reunion is planned at the Eustace School building beginning at 11 a.m. Anyone who can trace his or her an- cestry to one of the family members is cordially invited to attend the celebration and reunion. Contact Ruth Cook at 425-2971 for fur- ther information. Charges for repair service can also "Man comes as anovice into each age vary as much as the styles of phones In his life." Nicolas Chamfort available. So consumers should figure ................................................................................ By FRANK SOPUCH The Henderson County Com- missioners Court Monday morning approved raising the monthly salary of law librarian, Cindy Chambers, from $40 to $50 upon the recommendation of the Henderson County Bar Association. In a brief regular session the com- missioners also adopted a sup- plemental death benefits fund for county employees through their Texas County and District Retirement System insurance. The supplemental fund provides for payment of one-year's salary in a lump sum to a deceased employee's beneflciar/es. The additional insurance will cost the county $412 per month to cover approximately 103 employees, The commissioners listened to a presentation Monday by Judson Hobby of the Wyatt Company. Hobby evaluated the county's insurance program. The county fathers tabled setting a date to sell surplus county equipment. BUDGET__ from page one i tanguiar walkway will surround a gar- den area directly in front, of the monument which will also bellghted at night. Williams said the monument will be six feet high and that an optional memorial garden has been planned on the south side of the monument, In addition, the committee will provide a minimum of $1,500 to be deposited In a permenant interest bearing fund to provide funds for upkeep of the area, Interest from the fund would be used to maintain shrubs, to keep the monument clean and to provide lighting for the entire area. The council approved the plan with the stipulation that the committee try to match the existing flagpole at the site as nearly as possible. In other action the council approved a resolution designating a major rosour- ce center move for the North-East Texas Library Association, approved payment of bills for May in the amount of $12,976.58, and approved minutes of meeting from May 23 and 27. James Stringer of the Church of Christ was a guest at the meeting and led the invocation. . FEVER ...... from page one 2. 'Crushed' Ticks. When ticks are' crushed by hands, rickettsiae are released from the crushed body and can infect wounds, or even unbroken skin. If ticks are handled, wash hands im- mediately with a disinfectant snap or with soap and alcohol rinse. 3. Tick Feces. Infected tick droppings left in the fur of animals can cause the disease. Due to this danger you should use rubber gloves while treating tick- infested animals. Wash hands and arms thoroughly afterwards. To protect yourself, anytime you are outdoors where there are ticks it is a good idea to frequently check your clothing. Ticks usually hang on grass or brush waiting for a host to come by. Of- ten they first get onto the legs and crawl upwards looking for a place to attach. It helps to keep clothing buttoned, to tuck pant legs into socks and to keep the shirtaiis in. Spraying clothing with in- sect repellent can also help discourage tick attachzhont. 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