Originally created 08/07/03

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BACK IN TIME

AUG. 7, 1963

The Augusta-Richmond County Civil Defense Department will test the air raid warning system at 1 p.m. today, according to Mrs. G.W. Freiburg, civil defense director.

The tests are made on the first Wednesday of each month to familiarize citizens with the sound and meaning of the signals.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

MENTAL ILLNESS MEETING: The Augusta chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will meet at 7 p.m. at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way. There will be discussion on new developments in mental health care. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 432-0021.

WALTON BOOK CLUB: The Walton Book Club will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at Books-A-Million, 2834 Washington Road. The first meeting will focus on No Pity, by Joseph Shapiro. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 724-6262.

GENEALOGY SEMINAR: The Augusta Genealogical Society will have a seminar at 7 p.m. at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St. Dr. Sophia Bamford will discuss the origins of early settlers of Lincoln County, Ga. The seminar is open to the public. For more information, call 738-2241.

FRIDAY

MUSIC ON THE RIVER: Music on the River will begin at 8 p.m. at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Riverwalk Augusta. Veronica Lynch will perform. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information, call 821-1754.

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Walton Foundation Golf Classic will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mount Vintage Golf Club, North Augusta. There also will be a golf skills challenge and awards ceremony with heavy hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds will benefit Walton Foundation for Independence Inc. The cost is $250 for each player and $1,000 for a foursome. For more information, call 826-5809.

PROSTATE SCREENINGS: University Hospital will hold prostate screenings from 8 to 11 a.m. at Lowe's on Bobby Jones Expressway. There will be refreshments and giveaways. Testing is free and open to all men. For more information, call 736-0847.

ENGINEERING SERVICES MEETING: The Augusta Commission's Engineering Services Committee will hold a work session at 11 a.m. in Room 802 of the municipal building, 530 Greene St.. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 821-1820.

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE TODAY

Richmond County high schools

FRIDAY

Richmond County middle schools

MONDAY

Richmond County elementary schools

AGING PARENTS

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

More than simple upkeep is involved, though. 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.

    Children were more likely to have a cross bite the later they gave up thumb or pacifier sucking from birth to age 4. About 20 percent of those still hanging on to their habit at 4 had a cross bite, reports the study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

    The researchers plan to next study 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.