Originally created 06/30/03

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BACK IN TIME

JUNE 30, 1976

The first two blocks of the Broad Street revitalization project were opened at noon Tuesday, but the project will not be dedicated until Sunday.

Work between the 600 and 700 blocks of Broad opened Tuesday as the first phase of the $4 million beautification project.

A new Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce building is being built in the 600 block of Broad, and a fountain and park area have been built in the 700 block. Angle parking is available for both.

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

MONDAY

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

MOLDY WISDOM

Q. If I find mold in my home, does that mean I have to move out for weeks or months while it's removed?

A. Not necessarily. That's required only in extreme cases in which the mold that's found is in abundance and is one of the more toxic varieties. If you have one of the five most dangerous types of mold in your home and have it removed, however, it might be wise to be out of the home for a short while as it's done.

Q. Can mold kill someone?

A. In most cases, not directly. There were a couple of cases in 1999 in which mold was the direct factor in the death of two children. But usually, mold spores will only make people sick.

Q. Can I clean out mold in my home myself?

A. It is possible to clean and remove mold from your home yourself, but it is not advisable in all cases. Many types of mold can be cleaned and removed by using a mixture of bleach and water. In other cases, if the mold might be one of the worst varieties, it might be necessary to hire a company that specializes in toxic removals.

Q. Once the mold is removed from my home, can I stop worrying about it?

A. You might not have to worry, as such, but you should be constantly vigilant for the problems that cause mold. Because mold feeds on moisture, any problems that might cause a leak should be repaired immediately, and those areas should be frequently scrutinized thereafter.

Q. Is it possible to prevent mold?

A. Yes. It begins with making sure there is no moisture buildup and leaks in your home. This begins from the time the home is new and requires monthly maintenance. If your home develops a leak, stop it now. Don't put it off.

Q. How much will a test for mold cost?

A. Some people will offer to test mold for as little as $200, but you might want to question their procedures. Scientific mold tests often require at least two types of lab tests, which sometimes run about $200 each. Add to that the time of the tester and cost of materials and testing devices, and you can see you might not be getting a good test for such a low price. Most complete testing starts about $600, though that can vary.

MILK MADE

Chocolate milk is one of life's simple pleasures, and it's a great source of calcium and protein. It also has half the added sugar of soft drinks and many juice drinks.

DO YOUR FACE A FAVOR

Think twice before putting a washcloth to your face and scrubbing. Instead of helping your skin, you might be irritating it.

Harsh scrubbing, especially with abrasive soaps or cloths, can clog pores, cause whiteheads and aggravate acne, says Dr. Amit Pandya, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Pandya also warns against using granulated facial creams. "They are basically a gentle way to sandpaper the skin," Dr. Pandya says. "That's not a good idea unless you are a person who has super-oily skin."

To keep your face clear, wash with a mild soap using only your fingertips. If you have acne, Dr. Pandya suggests using an over-the-counter cream containing benzoyl peroxide to eliminate bacteria. If your acne is persistent, your doctor can prescribe medications that might reduce inflammation.