Originally created 05/28/03

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BACK IN TIME

May 28, 1933

The periodical cicada, or 17-year locust, that has moved into the swamps around Augusta by the thousands in great swarms, may be only slightly damaging to trees and of little or no damage to fruit crops, according to the Richmond County farm agent.

Agent Bright McConnell made the assessment after an inspection of the swamps.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

WEDNESDAY

PULMONARY HEALTH: Lunch with the Doctor: Breathing Easy - Strategies for Pulmonary Health will begin at 11:30 a.m. at University Hospital, Dining Rooms 1-3, 1350 Walton Way. The seminar is free for senior citizens and club members and $5 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. For more information, call 738-2580.

THURSDAY

PENSION COMMITTEE: The Augusta Commission's Pension Committee will meet at 11 a.m. at the municipal building, Room 802, 530 Greene St. The meeting is open to public.

UNDERSTANDING SCHIZOPHRENIA: Dr. Peter Buckley, the chairman of MCG Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, will lead a lecture on understanding and treating schizophrenia at noon in the Small Auditorium, BC Building, the Medical College of Georgia. For more information, call Susan Khaksarfard at 721-7793.

AGING PARENTS

Many baby boomers must shoulder the responsibility of caring for the homes of their elderly parents.

But more than simple upkeep is involved. Because the elderly are more at risk for accidents, boomers should consider the following questions:

  • Are steps protected by hand railings and nonskid surfaces?
  • Are area rugs backed by rubber or two-sided tape to reduce slipping?
  • Are all interior light bulbs bright enough to illuminate portions of the home?
  • Are exterior portions of the home adequately lighted? This applies to security and general lighting.
  • Have railings been installed in baths and showers?
  • Do hallway walls need railings?
  • Are cracks and gaps in paving and sidewalks filled and smoothed?
  • Is there enough attic insulation, and are all windows weatherproofed?
  • Have storm doors been added as protection from drafts?
  • Have smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors been installed? Are the batteries checked regularly? Is there a fire extinguisher near the kitchen, and do your parents know how to use it properly?
  • Are there trusted neighbors who can keep an eye on the house? Do they have your phone numbers and e-mail addresses?
  • Source: Lowe's Home Safety Council

    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.

    About 20 percent of those still hanging on to their habit at 4 had an overbite, reports the study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

    The researchers plan to study next 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.