Originally created 05/07/02

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BACK IN TIME

May 7, 1970

The Richmond County Board of Education's financial picture has become more rosy by nearly $1.5 million in separate allocations from the state and from federal government.

Superintendent Roy E. Rollins announced yesterday that the board will get $975,150 in capital outlay funds for construction purposes from the state Department of Education.

Shortly afterward, Congressman Robert G. Stephens Jr. announced from Washington that the Department of Health, Education and Welfare has certified $428,674 for immediate payment to the Richmond board.

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SHAKING OFF THE BLUES

Here are suggestions for being well, while elderly:

  • Fill a 15-second laughter prescription: Go to the mirror and laugh so hard your belly shakes.
  • Wear or surround yourself with bright colors.
  • Turn on upbeat music with a toe-tapping tune.
  • Put your body in motion by pretending to conduct music on the radio.
  • Have a posture that's up, out and forward.
  • SOME BASIC RUG CARE TIPS

  • Rotate your rugs frequently to equalize effects of the sun.
  • Avoid continual direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Clean spills immediately to help prevent staining.
  • Vacuum regularly to remove loose soil.
  • For professional deep-cleaning, use a rug specialist.
  • Always follow manufacturer's recommended cleaning methods.
  • KILL BACTERIA

    In four words, here's how:

    Clean - Wash your hands and cooking surfaces.

    Separate - Keep raw and cooked foods apart.

    Cook - Use a food thermometer.

    Chill - Refrigerate and freeze food properly.

    Source: USDA

    SMOKING HAZARDS

  • Nicotine narrows blood vessels and strains the heart.
  • Smoking affects the lungs, reducing the amount of oxygen the muscles need.
  • Smokers suffer shortness of breath three times more than nonsmokers.
  • Tobacco stains teeth and causes bad breath.
  • Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer and stroke.
  • Tobacco was responsible for 440,000 deaths last year in the United States.
  • SLOW COOKER TIPS

  • Buy roasts and other large cuts of meat that will fit in your crock-pot, or plan to trim them to fit.
  • Remove skin from poultry and trim excess fat from other meats before cooking.
  • Fresh root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, and onions, should be placed in the bottom of the pot, under the meat, for faster cooking. They tend to cook more slowly than meat.
  • When thickening sauces near the end of cooking time, turn the heat setting to high to speed the process. Taste the liquid first, though; if it lacks flavor, it may be best to reduce by simmering several minutes uncovered.
  • Taste and season. Because slow cookers can dilute flavors over a long period, be creative with your seasonings. Seasoned salt, garlic powder, seasoned pepper, and complementary herbs and spices are best added near the end of cooking.
  • Colors tend to fade in slow-cooked foods, but garnishes such as chopped fresh parsley, chives, tomatoes, red peppers, cheese and sour cream can add visual appeal.
  • POSSIBLE SIGNS OF HEART DISEASE

    Heart disease usually grabs the attention of men through crushing chest pain. In women, it can be much more subtle - and quite variable in its signs.

    Marcia McCoy, an advanced-practice nurse who coordinates the women's cardiac center at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., says the following symptoms can signal heart disease in women:

  • Unexplained fatigue or shortness of breath.
  • Pain or discomfort in the chest, back, arms, stomach, ears or jaws.
  • A feeling of fullness in the abdomen.
  • Swollen legs.
  • The above symptoms can have other causes, such as a hernia or esophageal reflux. Ms. McCoy says it's important to monitor these symptoms when they occur. Heart-disease symptoms generally last a few minutes, rather than seconds or hours. They tend to happen during physical exertion and stop shortly after the exertion stops.