Originally created 01/05/03

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BACK IN TIME

JAN. 5, 1962

Budget requests for Augusta's 1962 budget are higher than last year, but officials expect the final figure will be about the same as 1961.

The Budget Commission will meet Jan. 24-25 for two all-day sessions to study departmental requests and draw up the temporary budget by Jan. 31.

The 1961 permanent budget totaled $5.32 million with a tax mill rate of 15.25. The permanent budget and tax rate must be set by March 31.

ANTI-SMOKING PROGRAM

In an effort to educate Georgia's college students about the hazards of second-hand smoke, UNITE Georgia will participate in Augusta State University's Student Organization and Services Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday.

UNITE Georgia urges students to learn more about second-hand smoke while they win prizes. UNITE Georgia is an initiative of the Tobacco Use Prevention Section of the Department of Human Resources' Division of Public Health, in partnership with the Georgia Cancer Coalition.

UNITE Georgia, a state-supported and community-driven program, aims to create a better understanding and awareness of tobacco's effect on Georgia.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

FEAST OF LIGHTS: The Feast of Lights, a pageant in celebration of the Epiphany, will be performed at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, at Sixth and Reynolds streets. The pageant will feature costumes and a cast of adults and children as the story of Christ's birth and the spread of Christianity throughout the world are retold using passages from scripture and familiar carols and hymns. Child care is available. The event is free. For more information, call 724-2485.

MONDAY

SCHOOL'S OUT PRIME TIME PROGRAM: The Family Y will sponsor a School's Out Prime Time Program with drop-off at 7 a.m., activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and pickup at 6 p.m. today and Jan. 20 at the Family Y, 3532 Wheeler Road. The program is for children ages 5-12. The event will feature arts and crafts, games, sports and swimming. The cost is $14 per preregistered child, $20 per child the day of the program. For more information, call 738-7006 or www.thefamilyy.org.

JUDICIAL CENTER ADVISORY GROUP MEETING: The Judicial Center Advisory Group will meet at 11 a.m. in the eighth-floor committee room of the Municipal Building, Greene Street. Speakers will include Chairman Bill Kuhlke, Mayor Bob Young and Clerk of Commission Lena J. Bonner. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 821-1820.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AND SERVICES DAY: In an effort to educate Georgia's college students about the hazards of second-hand smoke, UNITE Georgia will participate in Augusta State University's Student Organization and Services Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the university, 2500 Walton Way. The program will provide students with information on tobacco's effects. For more information, visit www.unitegeorgia.com.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

MONDAY

  • Judicial Center Advisory Committee to the Augusta Commission, 11 a.m., eighth-floor committee room, municipal building, 530 Greene St.
  • Columbia County Democratic Party, 7 p.m., Upper Crust Restaurant, Evans; for more information, call 868-0959
  • TUESDAY

  • Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth-floor commission chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.
  • WINTER CAR CARE

    Winter weather presents the greatest challenge to your car and its engine. Prepare for winter by getting a complete checkup in the fall. The following systems should be checked:

    BATTERY: Cold weather starts require a battery that is fully charged. Recharge or replace weak batteries. Have your charging system checked, too.

    IGNITION: Damaged ignition wires or a cracked distributor cap may cause a sudden breakdown.

    LIGHTS: Regularly check that all lights are functioning properly and that headlights are properly aimed.

    BRAKES: Brakes should be checked and, if needed, serviced to ensure even braking.

    TIRES: The traction between the tires and the road surface determines how well your vehicle starts, turns and stops. Make certain your snow tires or all-season radials are properly inflated and in good condition. Ensure all four tires have the same tread pattern for even traction.

    EXHAUST: Have the exhaust system fully checked for leaks that could send carbon monoxide into your vehicle.

    HEATING AND COOLING: Check your radiator and hoses for cracks and leaks. Make sure the radiator cap, water pump and thermostat work properly. Test the strength of the antifreeze, and test the functioning of the heater and defroster.

    WINDSHIELD: Make sure the wipers are in good condition, and fill up on winter washer fluid.

    THUMBS DOWN

    Children who continue to suck a thumb, finger or pacifier past age 2 increase the risk of having protruding front teeth, according to a study of almost 400 children.

    Children were more likely to have a crossbite the later they gave up thumb or pacifier sucking from birth to age 4. About 20 percent of those still hanging on to their habit at 4 had a crossbite, reports the study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

    The researchers plan to next study whether the condition persists in children's permanent teeth.

    Previously, experts advised that children could safely suck their thumbs or pacifiers until they entered school.