Originally created 02/16/02

In the know



BACK IN TIME

Feb. 16, 1912

The Committee of 25 met last night in the Chamber of Commerce offices and by unanimous vote agreed to submit to the people, along with the proposed charter, the recall provision, and if the people want the recall, they can incorporate it in their vote for the new form of government.

The committee was brought together to consider the recall, because so many people are asking for it.

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TAX HELP

The Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will offer free tax filing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Augusta State University, Markert Hall, Room 11; Augusta Urban Ministries, 303 Hale St.; Augusta Technical College, Building 200, Room 213; and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta, 1903 Division St.

The program serves limited-income, elderly, disabled and non-English speaking people.

Volunteers will prepare federal forms 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 with schedule A and Georgia form 500EZ. Free electronic filing will also be available.

For more information, call 868-4072.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

The following holiday schedules have been announced for Monday for Presidents' Day:

RICHMOND COUNTY

Augusta-Richmond County offices: Open.

Richmond County schools: Closed.

Richmond County libraries: Open.

Augusta Public Transit: Buses running normal schedule.

Richmond County Landfill: Open.

Augusta Museum of History: Closed on Mondays.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Columbia County offices: Open.

Columbia County schools: Closed.

Columbia County libraries: Open.

Columbia County Landfill: Open.

Columbia County Tax Commissioner: Open.

AIKEN COUNTY

Aiken County offices: Open.

Aiken city offices: Open.

North Augusta city offices: Open.

North Augusta city garbage: Regular schedule.

Aiken County Schools: Closed.

Aiken County libraries: Open.

Aiken garbage/recycling: Open.

Aiken County landfill and dropoff centers: Open.

BURKE COUNTY

Burke County offices: Open.

Waynesboro city offices: Open.

Burke County landfill: Open.

Burke County Library: Open.

Burke County schools: Closed.

Burke County Museum: Open.

OTHER

BFI: Regular service.

Augusta Disposal: Regular service.

Waste Management: Regular service.

CSRA Waste Management: Regular service.

U.S. Postal Service: Closed, only Express Mail delivery.

Georgia state offices: Open.

South Carolina state offices: Closed.

Federal offices: Closed.

Fort Gordon offices: Closed.

Area banks:

First Union: Closed.

SouthTrust: Closed.

SunTrust: Closed.

Wachovia: Closed.

Augusta State University: Open.

Paine College: Open.

Aiken Technical College: Open.

Augusta Technical College: Open.

USC Aiken: Open.

Georgia Military College: Closed.

TEACH KIDS ABOUT WORK

Here are some ways to help children learn about the world of work, from Ellen Galinsky's book Ask the Children.

- Have the children visit - and even help you out - at work. Or take prictures of your workplace so they can envision it.

- Share information about your job and itneresting experiences at work. Welcome yolur child's questions about work and answer them directly and honestly.

- Explain the many reasons why you work and why you like your work. If you don't like it, you can also share some of those reasons.

- Sense when to stop talking about your work.

- Young children learn through play. Encourage them to play different jobs, from office worker to airplane pilot.

- Invite house guests to describe thei9r occupations to your childrne.

EXERCISE AIDS DEPRESSION

Exercise is often recommended for people battling depression, but now a study shows that regular exercise may work just as well as a popular antidepressant.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that supervised exercise three times a week for four months was just as effective as Zoloft, a depression medicine. And after six additional months, patients who exercised were less likely to relapse than patients who did not exercise.

"A modest exercise program is an effective, robust treatment for patients with a major depression, who are positively inclined to participate in it," according to the study, published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

James A. Blumenthal, professor of medical psychology at Duke and the study's senior author, says exercise may have proven more potent than a pill because it gave the patients self-confidence. "People felt a great sense of achievement, a sense of being in control and mastering something," he said.