Originally created 05/11/02

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BACK IN TIME

MAY 11, 1950

AIKEN - A 40-year-old victim of a hit-and-run driver died Monday. Isaiah Wiggins of Ridge Spring, S.C., suffered a broken arm and internal injuries, authorities said.

Gaston Abney, 25, of Aiken, a World War II veteran, was arrested in the case.

FESTIVAL TIME

THROUGH JULY 4

Uptown Concert Series, Columbus

(706) 596-0111

MAY 16-19

Vidalia Onion Festival, Vidalia

(912) 538-8687

MAY 17-18

Mountain Laurel Festival & Parade, Cornelia

(706) 778-4654

MAY 17-27

Spring Fun Fair, Conyers

(800) CONYERS (266-9377)

MAY 18

  • Athens Greek Festival, Athens
  • (770) 725-2639

  • Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, Thomson
  • (706) 597-1000

  • Fair on the Square, Waco
  • (770) 537-5594

  • Georgia Wine Country Festival, Dahlonega
  • (678) 231-5543

  • Geranium Festival, McDonough
  • (678) 432-7112

  • Old Times at Crabapple Antique Festival, Alpharetta
  • (770) 343-9454

  • Palmetto May Day Craft Festival & Parade, Palmetto
  • (800) 826-9382

    MAY 18-19

  • Wildflower Festival of the Arts, Dahlonega
  • (800) 231-5543

  • Battle of Resaca Re-enactment, Calhoun
  • (800) 887-3811

    MAY 19

    Little Brown Jug Festival, Roberta

    (478) 836-3825

    MAY 24-25

    Armuchee Bluegrass Festival, Rome

    (800) 444-1834

    MAY 25

    Memorial Day Celebration, Grovetown

    (706) 868-3458

    MAY 25-27

    American Indian Festival, Lawrenceville

    (770) 963-6522

    MAY 25-26

  • Andersonville Spring Fair, Andersonville
  • (229) 924-2558

  • Arts in the Park Festival, Blue Ridge
  • (800) 899-6867

    DINNER WITH MOM

    MCG HealthCare offers the following healthy eating tips to avoid putting on too many pounds.

  • Get only one normal serving and avoid going back for seconds.
  • Choose plain vegetables over vegetables with heavy sauces and casseroles.
  • Have a small serving of only one dessert, and eat it very slowly.
  • Prepare foods with fat-free sour cream, mayonnaise, salad dressing and milk.
  • Do not skip lunch in order to eat a larger dinner.
  • Choose nonstarchy vegetables such as green beans, carrots, broccoli, cabbage or asparagus to fill up on and less macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, stuffing and sweet potato casserole.
  • Choose sugar-free or reduced-calorie beverages.
  • STRESS RELIEF

    Things you can do to lower stress:

  • Go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier at night.
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine consumption.
  • Get a massage. Even a 15-minute back rub by a family member or friend can do wonders.
  • Jot down your thoughts and feelings in a journal. It may help give you a new perspective on your life.
  • Allow some personal time every day. If you have a house full of children, get up 15 minutes earlier. Use the time to read, relax and reflect on the day.
  • Improve your appearance. Get a haircut, manicure or new outfit. Looking better will make you feel better.
  • Read a book.
  • Take a long warm bath. Romanticize the atmosphere with bubbles, music, a candle and a good book.
  • Nourish your friendship circle. Keep in regular communication with your friends. Sharing unsettling feelings with people you trust is the first step toward resolving them.
  • Limit activities with negative friends who reinforce bad feelings.
  • Be an optimist.
  • Hug your children and your friends. The power of touch is enormous.
  • Try the Serenity Prayer: "God grant the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."
  • Do volunteer work.
  • Start a hobby. Take a class in painting, drawing, pottery, carpentry, knitting or cooking.
  • Catch your breath. This quick exercise helps you learn to relax your breathing: To a count of four, inhale slowly. Imagine the inhaled, warm air flowing to all parts of your body. Pause. Slowly exhale, again counting to four. Imagine the tension flowing out. Repeat several times.
  • Get away for an afternoon, a day or a weekend if you have time and can afford it.
  • Learn yoga.
  • Go to a movie.
  • Simplify your life. Cut out a few activities or delegate tasks whenever you can.
  • Learn to say no. Never give an immediate answer to a request for volunteering.
  • Schedule worry time. Keep worry time to a half-hour, and use that time to work on solutions to problems. If a worry crops up outside of worry time, write it down and worry about it later.
  • Don't procrastinate. Remember the old saying, "Lead with the body, and the mind will follow." Stay there. Spend at least five minutes at the task before you leave to do something else.
  • Help someone.
  • Write a letter to a friend.