Originally created 11/05/02

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BACK IN TIME

NOV. 5, 1977

THOMSON - Four inmates who escaped from the Georgia Industrial Institution at Alto early Friday were recaptured, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

Troopers said they were caught in a stolen car and had a rifle, shotgun and pistol with them.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TUESDAY

BLOOD DRIVE: In honor of National Doughnut Day, Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 1 to 3 p.m. at its west Augusta location, 112 Davis Road. Radio station WKXC will give away two tickets to the sold-out Million Pennies for Kids Guitar Pull. For more information, call Cyndi Reeves, 737-4551.

WHERE'S THE BEEF? DINNER: The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 192 will serve dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its post on Legion Drive, Evans. Takeout orders cost $5 for adults and $3 for children 6 years and under. For more information, call Judy Dow at 650-8382 or Joan Reeves at 863-6113.

WEDNESDAY

GRAND OPENING: The grand opening of the Barton Village Community Center will begin at 10 a.m. at 3653 Rome Way. The free event is sponsored by the Augusta Housing Authority and Augusta-Richmond County Weed and Seed. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a news conference. For more information, call Michael Simmons, 261-1122.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING: The Richmond County Retired Educators Association will meet at noon at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Broad Street. Sheriff Ronnie Strength will discuss safety for senior citizens. Reservations are required. For more information, call Sylvia Clark at 798-7119 or Corinne Daniel at 736-4763.

AGING PARENTS

Baby boomers aren't getting any younger, and neither are their parents.

It's a fact of life that many boomers must shoulder the responsibility to care for the homes of their elderly parents.

According to the Lowe's Home Safety Council, though, more than simple upkeep is involved. Because the elderly are more at risk for accidents, safety is a major consideration.

  • Make sure steps are protected by hand railings and nonskid surfaces
  • Make sure area rugs backed by rubber or two-sided tape to reduce slippage.
  • Interior light bulbs should have enough wattage to illuminate the space.
  • Exterior portions of the home should be adequately lighted. This applies to security and general lighting.
  • Install railings in baths and showers.
  • Consider railings along hallways walls.
  • Fill and smooth cracks and gaps in paving and sidewalks.
  • The attic should be well insulated and all windows weatherproofed.
  • Adding storm doors is a good idea to protect parents from drafts.
  • Install smoke and carbon-dioxide detectors. Check the batteries regularly. Locate a fire extinguisher near the kitchen, and make sure your parents know how to use it properly.
  • Ask trusted neighbors to keep an eye on the house. Give them your phone numbers and e-mail addresses.