Originally created 11/06/01

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BACK IN TIME

Nov. 5, 1956

Richmond County has 28,700 persons eligible to vote in today's general election.

Less than half of the number, however, will go to the polls, regardless of the weather, if past performance is an accurate yardstick.

Various reasons have been advanced as to the reason many persons will stay away - from a lack of interest to a "fear" the voting procedure may be either embarrassing or too complicated, The Chronicle reported.

None appears justified.

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SHEPEARD BLOOD-MOBILE

The following is a list of locations for the Shepeard Community Blood Center in the area.

Today: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., John Deere (5000 Bldg.) 700 Horizon South Parkway; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road, Aiken; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tennile Woman's Club, Tennile, Ga.

Wednesday: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Harlem Community, Harlem United Methodist Church, 115 Milledgeville Road; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Curtis Baptist Church, 1326 Broad Street; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Kennametal, 470 Old Evans Road

Thursday: 8 a.m. to Noon, Milliekn (Johnston), 79 Calhoun St., Johnston, S.C.; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., North Augusta Community, Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive

Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St.; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmetto Healthcare/CareSouth, 2743 Perimeter Parkway; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Amick Farms, Highway 178, Batesburg, S.C.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Veteran's Day Blood Drive, 1533 Wrightsboro Road; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Veteran's Day Blood Drive, 112 Davis Road; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Veteran's Day Blood Drive, 1019 Pine Log Road

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Annual Blythe Bikers Blow-out, 377 Church St., Blythe, Ga.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Beulah Grove Health Fair, A.R. Johnson High School, 1434 Poplar St.

YOU SAY 'TOMATO' ...

Is the tomato a fruit or vegetable? Well, neither, actually. Botanically speaking, the tomato is a berry.

Other tomato facts.

- A 5-ounce tomato has 26 calories, 1 gram of protein, half-gram of fat, 6 grams of carbohydrates and no cholesterol.

- All parts of the tomato plant are poisonous except for the fruit.

- Red tomatoes store less sugar than lighter-colored ones. So whites and yellows taste sweeter, in that order, and among the reds, the redder the fruit the stronger the flavor.

- Horizontal and vertical cracks and cat facing (odd-shaped fruit) are often the result of genetic differences among varieties and rarely an indication of disease. Whatever the reason, they'll still taste good.

THE EYES HAVE IT

A new study shows that antioxidant supplements, along with high levels of zinc, reduces the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

The 6-year study, conducted by the National Eye Institute, was reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

STORING APPLES

- Store only fruit that is hard, mature and in perfect condition.

- Later-maturing varieties usually store better. Red Delicious, Northern Spy, Winesap and Rome Beauties are among the best and can be stored up to five months.

- Individually wrap each apple in newspaper to prevent one bad apple from spoiling the whole bunch. Place them in a box in a dark area.

- Cool quickly after harvest. Applies are best stored at 30-32 degrees Fahrenheit in an environment with high humidity.

- To freeze applies: Peel core and slice, then place in freezer bags.

KEEP DRINKING

Dehydration can literally be a matter of life and death. The death of pro football player shows that. But the danger is higher for the elderly and the very young.

With dehydration, your blood volume goes down. The heart must pump faster to make up the difference, putting stress on the cardiovascular system.

Lower blood volume also means your body doesn't cool down as efficiently, so you're more liable to overheat. Dizziness and faintness can also result.

A water loss of just 2 to 3 percent can diminish your performamce.

- Dallas Morning News