Originally created 02/20/03

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FEB. 20, 1913

If chicken thieves have invaded your premises and "went South" with some of your cherished fowls, you may be able to regain your property by applying at police headquarters and giving a full description of the plumage, etc., of your lost birds. Just a whit of information can be gleaned from this article, and that is they are hens - and fat ones, at that. So, when you inquire of the desk sergeant, be sure that the ones you have lost are hens.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

THURSDAY

BIRD SEMINAR: A bird seminar will begin at 7 p.m. at Birds and Butterflies, 117 Laurens St. N.W., Aiken. The seminar will focus on how to attract and enjoy Eastern bluebirds. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (803) 649-7999.

CAREER FAIR: Paine College will sponsor a career fair from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the college's Carter Gymnasium, Druid Park Avenue. The event is free. For more information, call 821-8200.

AUGUSTA HOUSING AUTHORITY MEETING: The Augusta Housing Authority will meet at 7 p.m. at the Henry H. Brigham Community Center, senior citizens building, 2463 Golden Camp Road. The meeting is open to the public.

VIVA HEART VEGAS: The Aiken Women's Heart Board will present Viva Heart Vegas at 8 p.m. today and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the University of South Carolina Aiken's Etherredge Center. The cost is $18 for evening shows and $14 for matinees. For more information, call (803) 649-2668, (803) 649-5506, (803) 502-0482, (803) 649-1956 or (803) 649-5059.

FRIDAY

PARENT GET-TOGETHER: Willis Foreman Elementary School will hold a parent get-together from 9 to 10 a.m. at the school's media center, 2413 Willis Foreman Road, Hephzibah. There will be door prizes, refreshments and more. For more information, call 592-3991.

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION: Augusta Golf & Gardens, Augusta Public Works' Trees and Landscape Division, the Georgia Forestry Commission, Metro Augusta Clean and Beautiful and the Pendleton King Park Commission will sponsor an Arbor Day celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Augusta Golf & Gardens, Reynolds Street. The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will provide entertainment. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 724-4443.

SALT ALTERNATIVES

Need to cut back on salt? The American Heart Association suggests flavoring your food with allspice, basil, bay leaves, chives, cider vinegar, dill, garlic (not garlic salt), onion (not onion salt), paprika or lemon juice.

FISH OIL

In a study of 11,323 heart attack survivors, researchers found that those taking a daily fish oil capsule were 42 percent less likely to suffer a second heart attack. The omega-3 fatty acids reduce the likelihood of potentially fatal heartbeat irregularities.

COLD OR FLU?

How do you know whether that ailment is a cold or the flu?

Here are some tips to tell the difference.

WITH FLU:

  • Common symptoms are general weakness, headache, chills and widespread muscle ache.
  • A dry, hacking cough is common.
  • Fever of at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit is common.
  • About half of flu victims have a flushed face and hot, moist skin.
  • WITH A COLD:

  • Local symptoms can start in the nose, throat, eyes or chest.
  • Coughing is less severe and is usually associated with congestion.
  • Fever is less common except in young children.
  • Colds seldom cause flushing or hot skin in adults.
  • Colds spread more readily hand-to-hand than by sneezes or coughs. If you have a cold, sneeze or cough into a tissue, and wash your hands afterward.
  • Sources: American Lung Association, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention