Originally created 03/07/03

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BACK IN TIME

MARCH 7, 1939

Recommendations that will enable Augusta to operate on a balanced budget were reluctantly adopted by the City Council last night.

The plan takes into consideration every department in the city, and provides salary reductions for councilmen, members of the Civil Service Commission and city employees who draw above $100 a month. The proposal was heatedly opposed by Councilman Tom Maloney of the Fifth Ward.

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

FRIDAY

TRAINING CONFERENCE: There will be a training conference and workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Loblolly Pine Room, Evans to Locks Road. Dr. Marlene M. Rosenkoetter will discuss preparations for adjusting to retirement and later life. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. For more information, call 826-4480, ext. 200.

SATURDAY

MUSIC CONCERT: There will be a concert beginning at 7 p.m. at the Capri Cinema, 302 Eighth St. The concert will feature Sworn Enemy, E-town Concrete, Hemlock and In Full Effect. The cost is $7. For more information, visit www.TheCapriCinema@aol.com.

CHILD ENRICHMENT DAY: Child Enrichment Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sam's Club, Bobby Jones Expressway. Donations may be made at the checkout line and bought items will be given to the shelter. For more information, call 737-4631.

CONVENTION MEETING: The Richmond County Convention will meet at 10 a.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, Courtroom 1, 530 Greene St. The meeting is open to the public.

SPRING CHARITY: River's Edge Sertoma Club Spring Charity will begin at 11 a.m. at the North Augusta Country Club, 2001 Gregory Lake Road, North Augusta. There will be a fashion show, luncheon and silent auction. For more information, call Gisele Morris at (803) 279-2341 or 724-6222.

HOLD THE FRIES

Prevention Magazine reports that in a 12-year study of 42,500 men, those eating a diet heavy on red meats, fries, refined grains and sweets ran almost twice the risk of developing diabetes as those eating a diet heavy on vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

PEANUT POWER

How many pounds of peanuts are consumed in the United States annually?

2.4 billion pounds. About 50 percent is consumed as peanut butter.

Why are peanuts sometimes referred to as groundnuts?

Peanuts actually grow underground, as opposed to nuts such as walnuts and almonds that grow on trees.

Are peanuts legumes?

Yes. Peanuts, along with beans and peas, belong to the single plant family - Leguminosae. Legumes are edible seeds, enclosed in pods. They provide the best source of concentrated protein in the plant kingdom.

Where did peanuts come from?

The peanut plant is thought to have originated in Brazil or Peru. Portuguese explorers transplanted it to Africa, and from there it was brought to America as an inexpensive, high-protein staple, later to be consumed by soldiers during the Civil War.

Seven states account for about 98 percent of all peanuts grown in the United States. There are about 40,000 peanut farms in the major producing regions.

Georgia produces 37.7 percent of the nation's peanuts. Texas, 23.2 percent; Alabama, 10.5 percent; North Carolina, 9.3 percent; Florida, 6.4 percent; Virginia, 5.4 percent; Oklahoma, 5.2 percent.

QUICK FIX

Hard water leaves its mark in shower walls and glass shower enclosures in the form of crusty little white lime deposits that sometimes seem impossible to remove.

Sodium carbonate is the chemical that will help remove those stains. It's the base for many cleaners and is the primary ingredient in washing soda.

If that 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 next time.



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