Originally created 01/01/02

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BACK IN TIMEJan. 1, 1912

About 300 guests and various Augusta city officials turned out to celebrate the 25th year of a paid fire department.

When the bells of the city rang out at midnight and the new year was officially declared to have arrived, a grand march, led by Thomas Barrett Jr. and his wife, began.

City officials and many of the most distinguished residents of the city, along with their wives and daughters, were in the line. Speeches were made, taking up an hour or more, each being short, spicy and appealing to the interest of those present.

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NEW YEAR'S NEWS

The traditions of making of New Year's resolutions dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking.

The early Babylonians' most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece about 600 B.C. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility.

Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

The following holiday schedules have been announced for New Year's Day:

RICHMOND COUNTY

County offices: Closed.

County schools: Closed, school resumes Thursday.

County libraries: Closed

Augusta Public Transit, Richmond Transit and American with Disabilities Act Paratransit: Closed; services resume Wednesday.

County Landfill: Closed

Augusta Museum of History: Closed

COLUMBIA COUNTY

County offices: Closed

County schools: Closed, school resumes Wednesday.

County libraries: Closed. Fines will not be charged for the holiday.

County landfill: Closed

County tax commissioner: Closed

EDGEFIELD COUNTY

County schools: Closed, school resumes Thursday.

AIKEN COUNTY

County offices: Closed

Aiken city offices: Closed

North Augusta city offices: Closed

North Augusta city garbage: Today's pickup will be Wednesday; Wednesday's pickup will be Thursday; Thursday's pickup will be Friday.

County schools: Closed; school resumes Wednesday.

County libraries: Closed

Aiken garbage/recycling: Today's pickup will be Wednesday; Wednesday's pickup will be Thursday; Thursday's pickup will be Friday.

County landfill and dropoff centers: Closed

BURKE COUNTY

County offices: Closed

Waynesboro city offices: Closed

County landfill: Closed

County library: Closed

County schools: Closed; school resumes Wednesday.

Burke County Museum: Closed

OTHER

BFI: Closed; Today's pickup will be Wednesday; Wednesday's pickup will be Thursday; Thursday's pickup will be Friday; Friday's pickup will be Saturday.

Augusta Disposal: Today's pickup will be Friday; Wednesday's pickup will not change.

Waste Management: Today's pickup will be Wednesday;

Wednesday's pickup for trash and yard waste will be Thursday; Thursday pickup will be Friday; Friday's pickup will be Saturday.

CSRA Waste Management: Today's pickup will be Friday.

U.S. Postal Service: Closed

Georgia state offices: Closed

South Carolina state offices: Closed

Federal offices: Closed

Fort Gordon offices: ClosedArea banks:

First Union: Closed

SouthTrust: Closed

SunTrust: Closed

Wachovia: Closed

Augusta State University: Closed; school resumes Jan. 7.

Aiken Technical College: Closed; school resumes Wednesday

Augusta Technical College: Closed; school resumes Thursday

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

WEDNESDAY

Augusta Commission inaugural ceremony, 1:30 p.m., eighth-floor commission chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth-floor commission chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Columbia County Commission, 6:30 p.m., courthouse, Appling

THURSDAY

Columbia County Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Complex Auditorium

FRIDAY

Columbia County Board of Education, 7 a.m., school board offices, Appling

CALORIE COUNTING

Trying to lose weight? Here are the calories expended on a winter weekend. Calories expended on 15 minutes for a 150-pound person (if you weigh less, you'll expend fewer calories):

Reading: 18

Lying quietly: 18

Sleeping: 18

Kissing and hugging: 27

Picking up a child: 57

Pushing a stroller: 55.5

Walking/running with a child: 72

Raking leaves (slowly): 90

Playing tag: 45 calories

Tossing a football: 51

Fishing from a boat: 45

Frisbee with dog: 49.5

Miniature golf: 54

Source: The Fidget Factor (Mayfield Publishing)