Originally created 07/29/01

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PRESIDENTIAL PAST: Ronald Reagan: His Life in Pictures by James Spada chronicles President Reagan's life in more than 300 black-and-white photographs taken from 1911, the year of his birth, to his 89th birthday on Feb. 6. The photographs are arranged chronologically and are accompanied by ample captions (St. Martin's, 245 pages, $29.95).

SUMMER MEMORIES: Pupils returning to school each fall are traditionally told to write an essay on how they spent their summer vacations. The Chronicle is seeking stories of summers past. Tell us about your most memorable summer as a child. Did you go to summer camp? Go to work with your dad? Work a job of your own?

We'll print the best essays on Sunday, Aug. 12, and award four $25 prizes. The deadline for entries is Tuesday. Essays should not exceed 500 words. The contest is open to all ages. Please include your name, age (optional), address and daytime and evening phone numbers. There are three ways to submit your entry:

MAIL TO: Summer Essays, Newsroom, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

FAX TO: 722-7403

E-MAIL TO: eadams@augustachronicle.com

For more information, call Elizabeth Adams at 823-3348.

PIONEERING POWER: Call it the little homestead on the Internet. After a highly competitive selection and training process, three American families have been chosen to participate in a fascinating experiment in a rugged Montana valley. The Glenn family of Tennessee, the Clune family of California and the Brooks family of Massachusetts will abandon their SUVs, cell phones and microwave ovens to begin six months living as 1880s homesteaders with only the tools and technology of the period at their disposal. Their journey back in time is being filmed by PBS for broadcast early next year. But you can witness their experiences as they unfold live via the interactive companion Web site www.pbs.org/wnet/frontierhouse. It includes a live 24-hour Webcam of the homestead, streamed video, excerpts from the series, reports from the field, production journal entries, historical essays and the "pioneers"' personal diaries.