Originally created 05/16/03

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BACK IN TIME

MAY 16, 1967

The Augusta-Richmond County Library will end service to Columbia County after December unless a new contract is negotiated within three months.

The library's board of directors voted Monday to terminate its present contract with Columbia County at the end of the year.

The action came after board members learned that Columbia County will pay only $2,400 toward library support this year.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

FRIDAY

VOLUNTEER TRAINING: Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services will hold volunteer training from 5:30 to 9 tonight, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 1 at University Hospital. Presentations will address issues related to sexual assault. Volunteers must attend all sessions. For more information, call 774-2746.

BLOOD DRIVE: The Aiken Red Cross Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 950 Millbrook Drive, Suite A, Aiken. For more information, call (803) 642-5180.

SATURDAY

NURSING HOME WEEK: In honor of National Nursing Home Week, the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home will present an ice cream party at 2:30 p.m. at 1101 15th St. There also will be a fishing trip at 8:30 a.m. to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6445 in Harlem. For more information, call 721-2531.

GRAND OPENING: The grand opening for A and E Dance Studio will be from 7 p.m. to midnight at 2545 Washington Road. There will be exhibitions, general dancing, complimentary dance lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. and light refreshments. The event is free. For more information, call 738-6330.

FARMER'S MARKET: The Liberty Square Farmer's Market will open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seventh and Liberty streets in Waynesboro, Ga. There will be home-grown produce, arts, crafts and more. For more information, call (706) 437-0204 or (706) 554-2963, or visit www.LibertySquare.org.

BLUES FESTIVAL: The Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival will begin at 11 a.m. on Stage Coach Road in Thomson. Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Sean Costello, Red Stick Ramblers, Crosstie Walker, Steve James and Del Rey, Neal Patman and Mudcat will perform. No coolers or pets allowed. The cost is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. For more information, call (706) 597-1000 or (706) 541-9828, or visit www.blindwillie.com or www.tixonline.com.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Gold Harvest Food Bank's Manna Truck Distribution will begin at 9 a.m. at Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans.

SPIRITUALS IN CONCERT: Russell Joel Brown and members of CSRA choral groups will perform a wide-ranging celebration of the life and music of Moses Hogan beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St. The Cutno Dance Performance Ensemble will be the special guest, and Ellis Johnson will be the guest conductor. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. For more information, call 394-4744.

AIR-CONDITIONING Q & A

As outdoor temperatures rise, so do the demands placed on your home's central air-conditioning system. To ensure that you stay cool through the summer, now is the time to check how well your unit is running. Here are answers to common questions about caring for air conditioners.

Q: How often should I replace the unit's air filter?

A: Replace a conventional fiberglass air filter at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. For HEPA and other newer filters, follow the manufacturer's instructions. A dirty air filter can decrease working capacity by 25 percent; one completely clogged with dust may cause the unit to shut down.

Q: Why does the thermostat's temperature setting sometimes not reflect the temperature inside my house?

A: Drafts, vibrations or the thermostat's placement in direct sunlight can cause discrepancies. Contact a certified technician to check it, and if necessary, move and rewire it.

Q: Can I damage my air conditioner by turning it off and on?

A: Yes - especially if you turn it off and immediately turn it back on. The quick action hurts the compressor, except in air conditioners with a built-in, timed off-cycle. This type of unit gives the system time to equalize before it's turned on again.

Q: How can I help my air conditioner work more efficiently?

A: Keep doors and windows tightly closed to prevent air leakage. Pull shades or close blinds on windows facing the direct sun during daylight hours.

Q: How many years should I expect my air conditioner to last?

A: It depends on what type of unit you have and how often you use it. If it's more than 10 years old, however, take a close look at its efficiency. A new unit may cost less to run.

WATCH THAT CHOLESTEROL

You don't have to stop eating eggs altogether. But here's a tip: Use three egg whites and one yolk instead of two whole eggs, or use two egg whites instead of one whole egg.