Originally created 05/29/03

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BACK IN TIME

MAY 29, 1943

Police and firemen were dragging the second level of the Augusta Canal on 13th Street early this morning for the body of Raymond Anderson, 18, of Estes Street, who was believed to have drowned last night while fishing along the banks of the stream.

Relatives called police about 10:30 o'clock last night for aid in finding the young man. At 2 o'clock they found his fishing pole sticking in the water and they presume he drowned.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

THURSDAY

PENSION COMMITTEE MEETING: 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 the public.

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

GRADUATION CELEBRATION: Power 107, Coca Cola and WFXG-TV (Channel 54) will sponsor a graduation celebration for all graduating seniors at 10 p.m. at the Belair Conference Center in Evans. There will be food, giveaways and music. The cost is $5 per person before midnight and $7 per person after midnight. For more information, call 231-7373.

FRIDAY

DISEASE EDUCATION: The Lowcountry's Huntington's Disease Support/Education Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Candler Hospital, Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, Ga. H. Taylor Butler will be the guest speaker. Refreshments will be provided. The meeting is free. For more information, call (404) 728-6822 or (912) 964-0455.

DISASTROUS RESULTS

Being hit by a disaster increases the marriages, birth and divorce rates in the year following the event.

Researchers looked at marriage, birth and divorce records in South Carolina in the year after Hurricane Hugo and found increases in all three major life transitions in the counties most affected.

The Penn State researchers who led the study say anecdotal evidence suggests the same thing may be happening as a consequence of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The increased divorce rates suggest an increased need for marital counseling after a disaster, they suggest.

HANDWASHING 101

WHEN TO WASH YOUR HANDS:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • After using the bathroom
  • After touching animals
  • After changing diapers
  • After sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose or helping a child with a tissue
  • More frequently when someone near you is sick
  • HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS:

  • Wet your hands with warm water and rub soaponto your hands.
  • Continue for at least 15 seconds.
  • Rinse well, and dry your hands.
  • Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the door.
  • If you can't get water, anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer gels work, too. But soap, water and scrubbing work best.
  • ONLINE DATING

    Interested in finding a future spouse online, but not certain how to go about it? Regina Lewis, an adviser to America Online, offers these recommendations:

    1. Include a photo. The people who post photos tend to be more effective.

    2. Put some thought into your posting. Don't write, "I'm a nice guy looking for a nice girl." Spend the time to be more revealing of yourself and what you're looking for.

    3. Play it straight. If you're not candid, it will eventually catch up with you.

    4. If you want to take the relationship off-line, make it a group outing in a public place and tell others where you're going and who you're meeting. "You want to take this in stride, play it cool and play it safe," Ms. Lewis says.

    5. Don't be too aggressive. People like to go at their own pace. If the other person is e-mailing once a week, it's not time to pick up the pace to send instant messages all day long.

    6. Don't give out personal information such as your home phone, your place of employment or even your last name. You want to able to remain anonymous and opt out if you're uncomfortable with a cybersuitor.

    7. Reject the rejection blues. It may happen, but there are millions of other users out there. (But if there's a pattern, you might want to edit your profile - it may not be sending the right message).

    8. Not interested in joining a matchmaking service? Rather than visit omnibus chat rooms, consider looking for smaller groups.

    DOWN THE DRAIN

    What's worse than the drips that result from poor water pressure? How about a slow drain? Prevention is important if you want to avoid these problems.

    Cooking grease and coffee grounds are primary culprits in the kitchen. Cooking grease should be saved in a container. Coffee grounds can be added to a mulch pile.

    Hair and soap scum are a couple of the biggest enemies of bathroom drains, and much of that can be caught with a screen or gate.

    A safe and effective way of clearing a clogged drain is to pour a mixture of a half-cup of salt, a half-cup of baking soda and a half-cup of vinegar down the drain. Follow with at least two quarts of boiling water.

    Source: Associated Press



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