Originally created 08/08/03

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BACK IN TIME

AUG. 8, 1975

ATLANTA - The Mackay House in Augusta's Harrisburg community, long believed to be the site of the hanging of 13 Revolutionary soldiers in 1780, was not built until 1800 - give or take five years - the director of architectural research for Colonial Williamsburg has told the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

According to state officials, the expert gave his opinion based on more than 50 photographs showing the house framework during its restoration.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

MUSIC ON THE RIVER: Music on the River will be 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.

SATURDAY

FARMERS MARKET: The Saturday Farmers Market on Broad will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Augusta Common. There will be fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and crafts. For more information, call 722-8000.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES GIVEAWAY: A World of Kids Inc. will distribute free school supplies to parents of at-risk children ages 5-12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the store, 2290 White Road. For more information, call 737-5536.

GREYHOUND MEETING: CSRA Greyhound Adoptions will hold a meet-and-greet session from 2 to 4 p.m. at Animal House, 2917 Riverwest Drive. Visitors may pet and play with several retired racing greyhounds and learn about greyhound adoption. For more information, call 737-5960.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Saturday Night Live will be from 6 to 11 p.m. at Riverwalk Augusta. The featured musicians will be Westobou and The H.B.O.Y.S. Food and beer will be available. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 722-8293.

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. That is required only in extreme cases in which the mold is abundant and one of the more toxic varieties. If you have a dangerous type of mold in your home and have it removed, it might be wise to be out of the home for a short while.

Q: Can mold kill?

A: There were a couple of cases in 1999 in which mold was the direct factor in the death to two children, but in the great number of instances, 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 molds can be cleaned and removed by using a mixture of bleach and water. If the mold is one of the worst varieties, it may be necessary to hire a firm that specializes in toxic removals.

Q: After the mold is cleaned or removed from my home, can I stop worrying about it?

A: You may not have to worry, 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 watched.

Q: Is it possible to prevent mold?

A: Yes. It begins with making sure there is no moisture buildupor 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: There are people who offer to test mold for as little as $200, but you may want to question their procedure if the price is that low. Scientific mold tests often require at least two types of lab tests, which sometimes run about $200 apiece. Add to that the time of the tester and cost of materials and testing devices, and you can see you may not be getting a good test for such a low price. Most complete testing starts about $600, although that can vary.

MILK MADE

A Journal of the American Diabetic Association study recommends chocolate milk. Chocolate milk is a good source of calcium and protein. It 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, 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 finger tips. 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.



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