Around the block

Backyard visitors


Aiken has hired the firm of Hass and Hilderbrand to survey in Crosland Park in preparation for improvements to that area's sewer system.

The surveyors, who will be carrying identification, will need access to the backyards of residents on the following streets:

Vincent, George, Alfred, and parts of Sommer, Crosland Drive, Croft, Schroder, Hahn and Aldrich.

The work is scheduled to begin immediately after Memorial Day and take about four months. The surveyors will be in each yard for about 30 minutes. Residents do not need to be at home when the surveyors are working, but they are asked to unlock gates and put dogs inside.

For information, call Ted Jones, of the Department of Public Works, at (803) 642-7610.


The Children's Miracle Network Celebration, which will feature several area families, will be broadcast on NBC from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

On the roads again

The Aiken County Transportation Committee will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the county council chambers at the Aiken County Council building, 736 Richland Ave. W., Aiken.

Residents are urged to attend and may request to address the committee about road and transportation issues in Aiken County.

Call (803) 642-1694.

Space journeys

In My Backyard will be held at 8 p.m., and Digistar Virtual Journey will be at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and June 20 and 21 at the Dupont Planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, 471 University Parkway in Aiken.

Tickets for In My Backyard are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for ages 62 and over and $2.50 for those in 4k-12 grade; and for Digistar are $5.50 for adults, $4.50 ages 62 and over and $3.50 for those in 4k-12 grade. Weather permitting, the observatory housing the Bechtel telescope will be open for viewing after each show.

Leave a message for reservations at (803) 641-3654.

Target practice

The Edgefield chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a Women in the Outdoors beginner pistol/basic personal protection program Saturday at the Wild Turkey Center.

The program, taught by certified instructors, cost $125, which pays for food, firearms and ammunition. Registration is required.

Call Matt Lindler at (803) 637-3106 or send e-mail to

Welcoming club

The Aiken Newcomers' Club will meet Tuesday, June 10, at Houndslake Country Club. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with a business meeting at 10:45 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m. Cost of the luncheon is $13.

Reservations are required by 6 p.m. Tuesday. Last names beginning with letters A through K should call (803) 502-1097 and those with last names beginning with L through Z should call (803) 522-0012.

Farmers market

The Edgefield Community Development Association is sponsoring a Saturday morning farmer's market this summer. Village Markets will be held from 8 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturdays around the square.

Fresh vegetables, eggs, plants, herbs, soaps and other home grown fare will be available. If you have something you would like to bring to sell, contact Johanna Holmes at (803) 637-1981 or Sharon Nunamaker at (803) 637-3400.