-- Mason Cooley
Atlanta-based Children's Healthcare wants to take some of the sweetness out of Halloween.
Because Georgia ranks so high in childhood obesity, the health group publicly suggested this week that we find substitutes for trick-or-treat candy.
It recommends hand sanitizer, toothbrush and toothpaste, fruit, small water bottles, activity books, crayons, safe child toys or festive pencils and erasers.
If you already have your candy ... well, I'll take donations. I'm past the age limit for any childhood affliction.
YOUR TRAVELS: Larry and Wanda Williams, of Martinez, enjoyed the Midwest. They sent cards, and this report about Michigan: "While in Dearborn, we visited the Henry Ford Museum. We saw the actual chair Abe Lincoln was shot in. Also, the limo JFK was shot in; the limos of Reagan, F. Roosevelt, and Eisenhower. The Mustang with serial No. 1. Also, the bus Rosa Parks rode. This museum took a day to view and held lots of treasures." They also saw the leaves on the way home and report "the colors down through West Virginia were the most brilliant I have ever seen! Every color in the palette was visible."
Speaking of autumn, Barry and Lynn Martin sent a beautiful card showing fall foliage from Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
And Bill and Fran sent two cards from Pennsylvania. They report that the weather is perfect in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh "(Go Steelers!) is a great place to visit. Nice people, nice restaurants, lots of rivers, too."
HISTORY HUNT: My old colleague Bill Baab continues to research dairies in Aiken, Columbia and Richmond counties that delivered milk door to door.
He is trying to find surviving family members of Dye & Son, who operated Flowing Wells Dairy.
"I also would like to speak to kinfolks of the Adams family who operated Adams' Creamery at the intersection of Highways 1 and 78 in 1946," Bill said.
He can be contacted at (706) 736-8097, or 2352 Devere St., Augusta, GA 30904.
TODAY'S JOKE: Billy Cooper, of North Augusta, shares this one:
Tom was walking with his girlfriend. They looked into a jewelry store window and she said, "Honey, would you get that big diamond ring for me?" Tom picked up a brick and threw it through the window and grabbed the diamond ring for her. They walked a little farther, hand in hand then saw a fur coat in a department store window.
She said, "Tom, would you get that fur coat for me?" Again, Tom threw another brick through the window and got the fur coat.
As they walked a little bit more, they came upon a store with a little black puppy in the pet store window.
"Oh, Tom, I would love to have that little puppy in the window," she said.
Tom shook his head, turned to her and said, "You must think I am made of bricks!"