Originally created 03/10/02

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BACK IN TIME

MARCH 10, 1957

A group of pupils from Augusta, which included a delegation of 30 from Langford Junior High School, walked off with the largest share of the honors at the Northeast Georgia Science Fair, held yesterday at the University of Georgia in Athens.

An exhibit entered by Linus Martin Jr. and Bill Morton Jr. of Augusta showing the action of volcanoes won the sweepstakes award of $25.

More than 100 pupils entered 90 exhibits at the two-day event in Athens.

BLOOD DRIVES

The following is a list of locations for blood drives for the American Red Cross of Augusta in the area.

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY AND MARCH 19 AND 20: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aiken Red Cross Blood Center, 950 Millbrook Ave., Suite A, and Augusta Red Cross Blood Center, 106 Pleasant Home Road, Suite 2L, LePavillion Plaza.

TUESDAY AND MARCH 18: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aiken Red Cross Blood Center, 950 Millbrook Ave., Suite A, and Augusta Red Cross Blood Center, 106 Pleasant Home Road, Suite 2L, LePavillion Plaza; 1:30-6:30 p.m., McCormick Ems Center, 212 Augusta St. Extension, McCormick.

THURSDAY: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aiken Red Cross Blood Center, 950 Millbrook Ave., Suite A; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Augusta Red Cross Blood Center, 106 Pleasant Home Road, Suite 2L, LePavillion Plaza.

FRIDAY:8 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta.

CONTROL ANTS

During the winter, it doesn't get cold enough to kill large ant colonies. Therefore, any change in the weather will send them looking for food and shelter.

If you're noticing more ants than usual crawling around your home, here are some ways you can control them:

Outside, keep bushes and limbs from touching the roofline. Ants tend to colonize below trees - any direct contact a tree or shrub has with the house is an access point inside. Clean gutters regularly of pine straw, leaves and moisture, which make a great area for ants to set up camp.

Inside, make sure plumbing is tightly sealed so there aren't any openings between the wall and the pipe.

Also, keep scrap food cleaned up. Dishes in the sink, sugar around a coffee maker and cookie crumbs can act as large meals for an ant.

Think twice before using ant sprays. Ants leave a chemical trail wherever they travel, and sprays destroy that trail, leaving ants to spread out in other areas. Baits may be a better option, but you may have to try several kinds, as different baits work on different ants.

- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

GAS LEAK? HERE'S WHAT TO DO

While natural gas is a very safe and efficient fuel, consumers must be aware of the danger of gas leaks. Atlanta Gas Light Co. is conducting a safety campaign to educate consumers about the odor of natural gas and the necessary steps to take if a gas leak is suspected.

WHERE TO CALL

Regardless of what retail gas marketer you use, if you suspect a gas leak, you can call Atlanta Gas Light Co. at (877) 427-4321.

WHAT TO DO

Because natural gas has no odor of its own, chemical odorants are added to the gas so that it can be detected in the event of a leak. This odor is commonly described as a rotten egg smell. It is important to note that natural gas is nontoxic, but it is combustible.

If a gas odor is detected, leave the premises immediately and call the gas company.

Some important things to remember when evacuating:

  • Do not attempt to locate the gas leak.
  • Open doors and windows if it is possible to do so quickly and easily.
  • Do not turn lights on or off or unplug electrical appliances.
  • Stay away from the house - or location in question - until it is declared safe by gas company representatives.
  • - Source: Atlanta Gas Light

    KID WATCH

    Better Homes and Gardens magazine reports several common warning signs that indicate your child might have a seriousproblem.

  • Unprovoked aggression, especially if it occurs shortly after the end of the school day, often reflects frustration about what happened in school.
  • You should be concerned if your children avoid activities that involve competition or if they suddenly drop an activity in which they previously had a lot of interest.
  • If your children have very little energy, lose interest in doing things they previously enjoyed, or are often tearful and sad, take these signs seriously. They often mean your children are feeling they can't do anything you value or appreciate.
  • When your children complain that something isn't fair, listen to determine whether they have a legitimate complaint.