Originally created 03/14/03

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BACK IN TIME

MARCH 14, 1950

John P. Mulherin, retired businessman and one of Augusta's most beloved residents, died yesterday afternoon after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church tomorrow.

Mr. Mulherin, who was born and raised in Augusta, worked with his father at Mulherin Shoe Co. and later operated Savannah River Valley Lumber Co.

He was also known for his civic and church work. He became choir director at Sacred Heart in 1887 and remained in that role until his death.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY ANNUAL EARL KAUFFMAN MEMORIAL LECTURE: Liz Stewart will speak on generational diversity at the Earl Kauffman Memorial Lecture at 2 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Aiken's Penland Administration Building, Room 107. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (803) 641-3288.

GAMBLE TO GAMBOL CASINO NIGHT: Girls Inc. will sponsor a Gamble to Gambol Casino Night from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Old Medical College of Georgia, 598 Telfair St. Black-tie attire is optional. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, call 733-2512.

SATURDAY MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS WALK 2003: The Augusta MS Center, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, The Augusta Chronicle, WAGT-Channel 26, radio stations 99.5 WKXC and 98.3 WSLT, First Choice Medical, Procter & Gamble and Communication Support Services Inc. will sponsor the MS Walk 2003 with registration at 8 a.m. at Lake Olmstead. The 3.1-mile walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Lake Olmstead Stadium and will circle the lake. There also will be food and entertainment. For more information, call (800) 344-4867.

BI-STATE CONFERENCE: Jeff Allison will be the featured speaker at a Bi-State Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Business Building of Savannah State University. Mr. Allison will discuss the Savannah River Site. Transportation to the university will be provided. The event is free, and registration is required. For more information on transportation and registration, call (912) 233-0907.

THE DISGRUNTLED CLOWN: The Disgruntled Clown will be performed at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre. The cost is $10, and a cash bar will be available. The show is for people ages 18 and older. For more information, call 793-8552.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: The Cotton Patch and Riverwalk Special Events will sponsor a Saturday Night Live with The Breeze Kings at 7 p.m. at Riverwalk Augusta. There will be food, activities and music. The event is free. For more information, call 821-1754 or 724-4511.

FRAUD ALERT

Police offer these tips on protecting yourself from financial fraud:

  • Mail bill payments in blue federal mailboxes or at the post office.
  • Do not print your Social Security number on your driver's license or checks.
  • Do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
  • Protect all personal identification numbers. Do not carry them in your wallet.
  • Do not carry too many credit cards in your wallet or car.
  • Check bank statements monthly for errors and discrepancies.
  • Remove your mail from the mailbox as soon as it is delivered.
  • If you go out of town, have your mail held at the post office.
  • Shred all preapproved credit offers, charge receipts, insurance forms, bank statements, expired credit cards and other information over the telephone.
  • Do not give out personal or financial information over the telephone.
  • Check your credit once a year to make sure no one else is using your personal information to attain credit cards or services.
  • PREVENT POISONING

  • Always supervise children closely in areas where poisons are commonly stored such as kitchens, bathrooms and garages.
  • Keep all medication and household products locked away.
  • Install special clamps to keep children from opening cabinets.
  • Consider all household or drugstore products potentially harmful.
  • Use childproof safety caps on containers of medication and other dangerous products.
  • Never call medicine "candy" to get a child to take it.
  • Read the label.
  • Keep products in their original containers with labels in place.
  • Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances.
  • Dispose of outdated products as recommended.
  • Use chemicals only in well-ventilated areas.
  • The number for poison control is (800) 222-1222.
  • CHEMOTHERAPY BENEFIT

    Elderly patients diagnosed with midstage colon cancer benefit as much from chemotherapy after surgery as young patients with the disease, according to a review of more than 3,000 patient records in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Patients 70 and older who were judged fit enough to undergo chemotherapy had the resiliency to withstand the side effects.

    The study showed that chemotherapy reduced the risk of death after surgery for colon cancer by 24 percent.

    Colon cancer ranks second to lung cancer in the number of deaths it causes each year. Most colon cancer patients are older than 70.