Originally created 05/05/02

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WAY TO GO

NAME: Mistletoe State Park

WHAT: State park known as one of the finest bass fishing areas in the nation. During the summer, guests can cool down at the swimming beach. or on eight miles of shaded nature trails. Canoes and boats can be rented. The park has fully equipped cottages on Thurmond Lake.

The campground is situated on an small peninsula, offering spectacular views of both sunrise and sunset over the water.

HISTORY: Park is named for Mistletoe Junction, nearby area where people used to gather mistletoe during the holidays.

WHERE: Columbia County. Located off Georgia Highway 150, 7.9 miles north of Interstate 20.

INFORMATION: Mistletoe State Park - 3723 Mistletoe Road, Appling, GA, 30802, Phone: 706-541-0321

BACK IN TIME

MAY 5, 1978

A tornado was sighted yesterday in Screven County about 10 miles southwest of Sylvania, but no reports of it touching the ground or causing damage have been received, a spokesman for the Sylvania Police Department said.

Thunderstorms, some of them severe, rolled across Georgia for the second day, causing minor damage from high winds and numerous electrical outages, but no injuries were reported.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

The Columbia County Recreation Department will offer a summer day camp at Patriots Park from May 27 through Aug. 2. There will be no camp the week of July 4.

The camp is open to children ages 6 to 12 on or before Sept. 1. It will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Children can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and can be picked up as late as 6 p.m.

The cost is $75 per week. Registration will continue through Friday. Activities will include arts and crafts, field trips, recreational games and outdoor activities. For more information, call 868-3458.

WHAT'S SO FUNNY?

Laughter is a serious subject to Professor Robert Provine.

The psychologist at the University of Maryland told The Baltimore Sun he has come to four conclusions:

  • Four times more laughter is triggered by bland phrases than by formal jokes.
  • People are 30 times more likely to laugh in groups than alone.
  • A person who is talking chuckles 46 percent more than a person listening.
  • Women laugh far more than men, except when they are listening to other women. Then they generally clam up.
  • RISKY BUSINESS

    Risk researcher Paul Slovic says Americans tend to fear risks they don't understand more than risks from the familiar. Risk experts, however, say the typical American is more likely to be injured by items from the category of "known risks" than from "unknown risks."

    DREADED, UNKNOWN RISKS

  • Nuclear weapons
  • Nuclear reactor accident
  • Radioactive waste
  • Pesticides
  • Asbestos insulation
  • PCBs
  • Satellite crashes
  • Pollution from coal burning
  • KNOWN RISKS, NOT DREADED

  • Power mowers
  • Snowmobiles
  • Chain saws
  • Home swimming pools
  • Recreational boating
  • Electric shock
  • Bicycles
  • PRESERVING HISTORY

    Many people are keeping copies of recent newspapers for posterity.

    Here are a few tips to help preserve your keepsakes.

  • Do not put the paper in a plastic bag for storage in an attic or basement where it will decay.
  • Lay the newspaper flat - do not store the paper folded across the middle. The fold is the first place a newspaper will decay and discolor.
  • Store in an acid-free paper folder available at most art and office stores. They prevent age toning and embrittlement.
  • Keep paper away from extremes in temperature or humidity.
  • If framing, use an acid-free matte and UV-3 Plexiglas, which protect paper from 96 percent of ultraviolet rays and prevent discoloring and fading.
  • Source: Morris News Service

    AIRPLANE ANXIETY

    If airplane flights make you nervous, here's a suggestion - have a snack before getting on the plane.

    That's the advice of Japanese researchers who study how fluids and food might prevent fainting and heart attacks among air passengers.

    Tests simulated the conditions of a flight to 10,000 feet - where low cabin pressure at a high altitude causes reduced oxygen supply in the body. Researchers measured heart function, blood flow and oxygen saturation of brain and organ tissues in fasting participants and those who had lunch and a beverage.

    Fasting subjects experienced decreased blood pressure. Nonfasting subjects did not have significant change in blood pressure; food and fluid helped maintain oxygen levels.

    So eat.

    - Better Homes and Gardens