Originally created 06/30/03

News you can use



NEWS YOU CAN USE

BACK IN TIME

JUNE 28, 1955

AIKEN - An inquest into the death of Eugene Harold Key, 9, who died Saturday, hours after his bike crashed into a car, will be held Wednesday, Coroner James L. Gregory said.

The youngster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Key, of Route 3, reportedly turned his bike into the path of an automobile. The fatal crash occurred in front of the boy's home.

It was the second bicycle-auto fatality this year in Aiken County.

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY FREE BOAT SAFETY CHECKS: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct free boat safety checks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Marine on Bobby Jones Expressway. Certificates and 2003 decals will be awarded. For information, call 722-0772.

FIREWORKS DISPLAY: The Aiken Jaycees team is holding a fireworks show at 3 p.m. at the Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds. The event is free and will include arts, crafts, food and carnival rides. For information, visit www.aikenjaycees.com.

PILATES CLINIC: A clinic at 8 a.m. Saturday and June 29 at Gold's Gym, 101 Corporate Parkway, Aiken, will teach the Pilates principles of alignment, breathing, control and stability. The cost is $329 per person and $29 for a workbook. For information, call 800-AEROBIC.

SUNDAY CANDLELIGHT JAZZ SERIES: The Candlelight Jazz Series will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Eighth Street Bulkhead, Riverwalk Augusta. Kari Gaffney will be the featured performer. The cost is $5. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For information, call Karen Gordon at 495-6238 or 821-1754 or visit www.gardencityjazz.com.

MONDAY PHINIZY SWAMP DUSK WALK: Monday is the deadline to register for a hike through the nature park at Phinizy Swamp, which will be 7:30 to 9 p.m.Tuesday. Families should bring comfortable walking shoes, water and insect repellent to the sunset hike. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. For information, call 828-2109.

PLANTS TO AVOID

Trees to avoid in the yard if you have allergies:

Alder, ash, aspen, beech, birch, box elder, cedar, cottonwood, cypress, elm, hickory, juniper, mulberry, oak, olive, palm, pecan, poplar, sycamore, walnut and willow.

Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

HOW TO CLEAN A VCR

Dust and dirt can build up inside VCRs over time, requiring periodic cleaning to keep them working properly.

To clean a VCR, soak a cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol. Open the tape door and rub the swab along the heads of the VCR. These black dots mounted on a silver cylinder are the carbon filters that read tapes. After cleaning the heads, take a new tape and let it run in the VCR for three to four minutes.

If this doesn't get the VCR clean, the machine might need to be professionally serviced.

KEEP COOL

Here are answers to common questions about caring for air conditioners:

Q: Can I damage my air conditioner when I turn 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 might cost you less to run.

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

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

Q: Why does the thermostat's temperature setting sometimes not reflect the actual 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.