Originally created 11/06/02

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NOV. 6, 1930

Augusta's Retail Merchants Association has unanimously decided to decorate Broad Street with colored lights again this year.

The decision was made at a meeting yesterday attended by an enthusiastic group of Broad Street merchants.

"Old Man Gloom has gone," said W.H. Black, manager of J.C. Penney & Co. "We need $1,000 from the merchants, and those who attended the meeting said positively that enough contributions would be made to sponsor the decoration program."


Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:


BARTON VILLAGE COMMUNITY CENTER: The grand opening of Barton Village Community Center will be at 10 a.m. today at Barton Village Community Center, 3653 Rome Way. The 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. The ceremony is free. For more information, call Michael Simmons, 261-1122.

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


JUST DESSERTS CONCERT: The Augusta Children's Chorale will have their annual Just Desserts Concert at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Tickets cost $10 per person and are available at the door or by calling 826-4718. Admission includes the concert and food. For more information, call Diane Sprague, 738-3991.

MUSICAL TIME MACHINES: The Augusta Symphony Woodwind Trio will present two musical time machine demonstrations at 9:15 a.m. at Evans Elementary School, 628 Gibbs Road, Evans. The demonstrations are free. For more information, call Adria Gunter, 826-4705.

FACULTY ARTIST EXHIBITION: The William S. Morris Eminent Scholar of Art, Tom Nakashima, will present his first showing from 5 to 7 p.m. at Augusta State University Fine Arts Center, 2500 Walton Way. There also will be a reception honoring the artists. The exhibition will continue through Dec. 5. For more information, call 737-1453.


A variety of factors can contribute to teen's poor eating habits, including peer pressure, busy lifestyles and families who rely heavily on convenience foods. Here are some of the consequences:

  • Two-thirds of all teenage girls in the United States eat abnormally; half are severely undernourished.
  • At least one American child in five is overweight.
  • Nine out of 10 young women and nearly seven out of 10 young men, ages 12 to 19, are not getting enough calcium every day.
  • About 80 percent of 10-year-old girls and 50 percent of 9-year-old girls in the United States have been on a diet.
  • Teenagers tend to avoid fruits and vegetables, which are good sources of disease-preventing phytochemicals.
  • Teens' diets are generally low in vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium, iron and zinc.
  • The daily guidelines for food are six to 11 servings of the bread, pasta, rice and cereal group; three to five servings of vegetables; two to four servings of fruits; two to three servings of the milk, yogurt and cheese group; and two to three servings of the meat, poultry, fish, dry bean, egg and nut group. Oils, fats and sweets are to be used sparingly.
  • Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture, www.healthatoz.com


    Some people can become addicted to shopping. Here's a checklist that can help you test whether you are a compulsive shopper:

  • Do you go shopping when you've experienced a setback or disappointment or when you feel angry or scared?
  • Are your spending habits emotionally disturbing to you? Have they created chaos in your life?
  • Do your shopping habits create conflicts between you and someone close to you such as your spouse or parents?
  • Do you buy items with your credit cards that you wouldn't buy if you had to pay with cash?
  • When you shop, do you feel a rush of euphoria mixed with feelings of anxiety?
  • Do you feel you're performing a dangerous, reckless or forbidden act when you shop?
  • Are many of your purchases seldom or never worn or used?
  • Would you feel "lost" without your credit cards?
  • Do you think about money excessively - how much you have, how much you owe, how much you wish you had - and then go out and shop again?
  • Do you spend a lot of time juggling accounts and bills to accommodate your shopping debts?
  • Source: Consumer Credit Counseling Service


    Hard water leaves its mark on shower walls and glass shower enclosures in the form of crusty little white lime deposits that sometimes seem as though they're going to be impossible to remove.

    Sodium carbonate is the chemical you'll want to use. It's the base for many cleaners and is the primary ingredient in washing soda.

    If a strong solution of sodium carbonate doesn't do the trick, try a squirt of liquid toilet-bowl cleaner. Bowl cleaners are strong, dangerous chemicals, so use them with eye-and-skin protection and plenty of ventilation.

    When the water stains are gone, apply a coat of car wax to all the surfaces in the shower. Doing so will make cleaning a breeze the next time.


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